Over the past few months, I have been increasingly called to pursue projects outside of the realm of making organic bath and body products. I mean, literally called on the phone by people asking me to take on research projects and acting work! Life has re-connected some old channels and opened up brand new paths for me. I don’t feel that I should ignore these very strong signals that it is time to shift some of my focus from Herban Lifestyle.
As part of my mission to help people live happier, healthier lives, I will continue to offer my shampoo bars, moustache pomade, and DIY kits that teach people how to make their own natural products. I also plan to continue offering instruction through workshops, videos and more. And I will keep you posted with updates on all of these.
It has been a wonderful 8+-year ride during which I’ve seen many changes in the handmade and natural bath and body worlds. It has been encouraging to watch the growing demand for truly natural products. Thank you for the continuing love and support over the years! I look forward to sharing the next chapter with you.
Crafting Supplies and Packaging for Sale
As part of my moving on, I am selling most of my equipment, packaging and ingredients. Please feel free to contact me at info [at] herbanlifestyle [dot] com for current items and pricing.
Come to Be Clean’s studio to get a hands-on lesson on natural ingredients and the product-making process! After an explanation of the properties of various herbs, spices and essential oils (think sandalwood and lavender), enjoy crafting your own spa products, such as soaks and sugar scrubs. Throughout, we will give you the tools and knowledge that can be applied to your future DIY projects. Head home with some Herban Lifestyle sample products and your own soothing, aromatic creations. The cost for the workshop is $60.00 per person.
This workshop will be held at the historic 52 O Street Studios, Studio #308. We will have a 6′ table with seats that can accommodate up 6-8 folks. It’s on the third floor, which requires a walk up stairs. We will have sips and snacks for everyone to enjoy throughout the class.
And we will have a special shopping event after the class – attendees can take 20% off their Be Clean purchase.
The workshop will be facilitated by Mary Kearns, who has made it her mission in life to make the world a happier, healthier and more fragrant place. Raised in a family that prized natural foods and recycling, Mary has had a lifelong a passion for the natural, organic and earth-friendly. With a background in health and cancer prevention, Mary is committed to helping people live their best, healthiest lives through her business, Herban Lifestyle.
You can sign up on the Herban Lifestyle website. Or, for more information, please email us at info [at] herbanlifestyle [dot] com or call us at (202) 321-2479.
Mary Kearns will be demonstrating how to make your own sugar scrubs and fizzing bath salts on Great Day Washington, a new morning show on CBS’s Washington, DC affiliate station WUSA9. The show airs live Tuesday, October 20th from 9am – 10am EST, so tune in if you’re in the area! If you can’t, the video will be available on their website. And here is the recipe for pumpkin spice sugar scrub we will be demo’ing!
It contains organic sugar and pure sea salt for exfoliation, plus real pumpkin purée for a bit of skin brightening thanks to the natural alphahydroxy acids. For additional skin benefits, and to make it smell delicious, just add some pumpkin spice blend. Delicious!
Ingredients: ½ cup sugar, ½ cup salt, ¼ cup vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree, ½ tsp pumpkin pie spices
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well-blended. Because it contains fresh pumpkin, use immediately, or store in a clean jar in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Enjoy!
So, I will be demo’ing and handing out samples of my shampoo bars on Friday, July 31 from 11am-2pm, Saturday, August 1, from 9:30am-2:30pm and Wednesday, August 5, from 3:30pm-7:30pm, 19800 Belmont Chase Drive, Suite 160, Ashburn, Virginia
There will be many other local makers demo’ing their products, and lots of special offers including 30% off health and wellness products. Hope you can join us!
And for those of you who live outside of the area, please feel free to use coupon code SHAMPOO10 to receive 10% off your order at the Herban Lifestyle online store.
I am busy making Fuzzy Soaps™ for Another Damn Craft Show at Art Enables on June 13th. This “juried collaboration of artisans with one simple mission: to celebrate the local DC arts-and-crafts scene” is being organized by the amazing Jessica Blaszczak of This Little Piggy and Beth Baldwin of Tigerflight, two leading creatives/organizers for the DC area craft scene. It also features many, many of my favorite DC-area crafters. You can read more about the show and the featured artists on the Another Damn Craft Show Blog!
The soaps are an old customer favorite, available only at shows. Made with organic soap and wrapped in sustainably raised and dyed merino wool, these little weirdos are practical and fun. I will have them in a variety of colors and flavors!
I hope you can join us!
Saturday, June 13, 2015
11am – 4pm
2204 Rhode Island Ave, NE
Love-Me-Dew at Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, Boulder, CO
On a recent visit to Boulder, I had the pleasure of visiting one of my favorite restaurants, Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place. And one of my favorite things about Shine is their offering of “potions,” which are a “thoughtfully and lovingly concocted array of fantastic, non-alcoholic brews, using a rich assortment of herbs, vibrational-essences, juices, spices, coconut milk and natural sodas.”
This time around, I tried the Love-Me-Dew, which is coconut milk infused with cocoa, chili powder, rose petals, raspberry agave and vibrational essence of rose quartz. It is designed to enhance feelings of self-acceptance and self-love. It certainly evoked feelings of love for this drink – since I tasted it, I have been craving it! So, I thought I would try making my own version given ingredients I had around the house.
1 tablespoon maple syrup (more or less, depending on your taste)
1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder (Shine uses chimayo; you can use more or less, depending on how spicy you like it)
A few sprinkles of finely chopped dried organic rose petals for garnish (make sure you use culinary roses)
Heat the almond milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to steam. Lower the heat and add the cocoa powder, maple syrup and chili powder. Stir until well-blended and remove from heat. Divide into two ceramic mugs and sprinkle a half-teaspoon of rose petals on top of each. Share the love!
We hope you can join us for Treat Yo’ Self, an artisan pop-up event at Derek Brown’s trifecta of Shaw Neighborhood restaurants Eat the Rich, Mockingbird Hill and Southern Efficiency. The event will be held on February 8, from 3:30-8:30, and we’ll be selling Valentine’s Day gift sets for him and her. Each venue will will offer food and drink specials for the day and will feature a music soundtrack curated by Derek Brown and One Love Massive.
Treat Yo’ Self is a pre-Valentine’s holiday market offering locally made distinctive gifts for from a hand selected group of DC-area artisans chosen for their consistency in quality, appearance and sustainability. It’s a perfect way to get something special and different for yourself or your boo this Valentine’s Day.