Interview with Dr. Sarah Villafranco of Osmia Organics

I hope you’re all enjoying my in-depth interviews with some of the most important and inspiring women in the green beauty industry as much as I am!

I get so excited to learn the why and how they began their personal journey to create and turn their ideas into thriving business ventures.

I’m going to go ahead and say it, these women that I interview really embody the definition of Superwomen. Sarah Villafranco fits the the description perfectly.”A woman with exceptional strength or ability, especially one who successfully manages a home, brings up children, and has a full-time job”.

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Sarah was one of the first people to send me some of her incredible products to review. I’ll never forget how excited I was when I received her package in the mail. The first thing that impressed me was how beautiful the products looked not to mention the love I felt from the hand written personal note she included. Then of course the products performing at the one hundred percent level solidified it for me. The rest is history as they say. I’m an Osmia Girl for life, that’s for sure. I love every single product I’ve tried from her line. Sara’s love and creativity are apparent and literally felt from each soap, lotion, oil and each item she created from Osmia.

I can’t wait to someday stop by the Osmia Organics studio in Carbondale, CO, for tour and a real face to face visit with Sarah. I also can’t wait to see her at the next ‘A Night For Green Beauty’ Event in LA in August 2014!

It’s with so much respect and humble gratitude I introduce you to, the wonderful Sarah Villafranco~

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1.) What event or moment made you first realize that you wanted to create Osmia Organics? Was it a “moment” you had? Or an innate feeling you had forever that lead you to this specialized artisan industry?

I think it was when I took my first soap making class.  The second I saw soap being born, I began obsessing over making it myself.  I have always been fascinated with chemistry, and combining it with luxury skin care and the therapeutic effects of pure essential oils is my fantasy job!  Now, the business provides multiple channels though which I hope to educate and encourage people about healthy living, non-toxic skin care, and environmental responsibility – in a sense, I’m practicing the medicine I always wanted to practice.

 

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2.) We all have to know; what does your daily beauty ritual consist of? Please do tell! Include all products…

I wash my face with Black Clay Facial Soap  - it seems to keep my perioral dermatitis symptoms at bay. I wash my hair with an SLS-free shampoo (I like the Broo and Desert Essence lines for my thick, crazy hair).  I use either the Detox or Protein Exfoliating Mask once a week.  In between, I use our Luz Facial Smoothing Powder (for Spring release) if I need a quick little polish – and, it’s great for the lips.  Out of the shower, I use our Active Gel Toner, followed by the Purely Simple Face Cream.  For the body, I follow with whichever oil I’ve picked from our collection, and slather it on when my skin is still sopping wet.  I usually finish with Honey Myrrh Lip Repair.  As for “styling”, I sleep on my wet hair, wake up with what my daughters call Wild-Woman-Hair, and hope it settles into Loosely-Tousled-Hippie-Girl-Hair by the time I leave the house.  I am not much of a makeup user.  I have never worn foundation, and I wear eye makeup about once a month.  I almost always wear one of our lip glosses (Whisper lately), and I whip out the eyelash curler when I want to feel super fancy.

 

3.) If I were to unbeknownst to you, follow you for a day, what would a typical daily schedule look like? Example: what time do you wake? What are your go to meals? Exercise of choice?

I’m up by about 6:45, no alarm needed (unless you count the adorable 7 and 10 year old alarms that live with me).  If I’m taking the girls to school, we leave the house by 7:45.  I usually manage 2 pieces of GF toast and a cup of Earl Grey tea with almond milk most mornings.  I drop them and try to fit in a workout before going to the store.  Typical workout?  Run, either on the bike path or hiking trails, for about 60-80 minutes. Sometimes I sprinkle 100 burpees through the workout – they make you feel so strong!  In our short but gorgeous summer, I ride my road bike 25-30 miles in the mountains – the incredible scenery takes my mind off my exploding lungs.  I shoot for outdoor exercise whenever possible, but if I have a super busy day ahead, I hit the treadmill, bike, or yoga mat before I leave the house.   This is my sanity – I almost never sacrifice a workout.

Then, I’m at OO for the rest of the day – answering emails, helping customers in the shop, trying to keep up with phone calls and social media, planning our expansion, strategizing with the team about OO’s growth and future plans. I don’t really stop for lunch – a habit from the ER.  I just graze and snack all day on nuts, fruit, energy bars, etc.  Home by 6-6:30 most nights, where my amazing husband (who is a full-time lawyer) can often be found stirring a delicious vegetarian concoction on the stove.  I have a meal with him while we catch up on our day, then I head down to read stories with the girls (usually in 13 different accents). I tuck them in around 8, then work a couple hours on the computer, trying to get on top of my inbox.  (I never do).  I try to get to bed by 11, and I’m working on making it earlier – we all need more beauty sleep!

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4.) What/Who inspires you to keep going and to innovate such creative products?

Sometimes I create products to address certain skin concerns or issues.  Sometimes I’m grabbed by a scent in nature – I stand and close my eyes and try to compose a perfume in my mind while I’m surrounded by its inspiration (like Juniper Fire and Prima).  And, sometimes it’s just the ingredients themselves; working with such beautiful materials is like being an artist surrounded by fresh tubes of paint – you just can’t help yourself.

 

5.) What is a perfect day for you? You have a day all to yourself, what would you do? You have a day with your family how would you spend it?

Hmmm. A day all to myself?  First, I would drink my tea and get outside to exercise.  Then I’d crank music at Osmia, and tinker at my perfume table all day.  In the evening, I’d make myself a giant salad and pour a glass of wine, and then snuggle with my puppies and watch Jimmy Fallon.

With the family, I’d start the same way, but add a hike with the girls, taking an annoying number of pictures of them and the dogs, cook with my hubbie, read books with everyone, and maybe have an impromptu dance party.

In general, I try to fit as many pieces of my Perfect Day in to my Every Day as possible.

 

6.) What is your favorite Osmia Organics product and why?

Oh, now, that’s just not a fair question and you know it.  But, for today, I’ll say our Body Oils.  They have replaced lotion (often loaded with chemicals and preservatives) for most of our customers.  They comprise 11 antioxidant, skin-rejuvenating, botanical oils.  There is a scent for every mood – essential oil blends that can take you to wonderful places.  And they leave you feeling velvety and pampered.

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7.) What image or feeling do you hope people will affiliate with Osmia Organics?

Nurturing yourself and the Earth, really.  You owe it to yourself to be happy and healthy in this life.  And you owe it to the planet to care about your impact while you’re here.

8.) What do you see as well as hope for the future growth of your incredible coveted brand?

I want to grow at a pace we can barely keep up with, but stay in control of the choices we make as a company.  I’m not out to make the most money possible in the shortest time possible.  I want to DO this for a living.  I want to make gorgeous products without harmful ingredients. I want to give great jobs to great people.  I want our brand to represent a beautifully-lived, cherished, healthy life.  And I want to inspire our customers to slow down, nourish themselves, notice the world around them, and squeeze every drop of joy out of their lives.

 

XO to you (and all green beauty bloggers) – you do such a wonderful job at educating people, and helping them become informed (and wonderful smelling) consumers!

S.

 

Thank you so much Sarah for allowing me to interview you!!

Have you ever tried any of Sarah’s products? Did this interview inspire you as much as it did me??! Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Keep in touch with Sarah:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website

xoxo,

Britanie

HEALTHY SPRING GIVEAWAY *CLOSED*

Spring is finally here and what better way to welcome the new season by owning a copy of Jolene Hart’s new book, “Eat Pretty, Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out” as well as a few other healthy Spring goodies!

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I was so happy to finally meet Jolene at A Night For Green Beauty in NYC last September. She has quite an impressive following. You may know her too from her popular site; Beauty Is Wellness, where she offers one-on-one health coaching sessions. Jolene Hart has compiled a wealth of knowledge into these 208 pages. The book will weave together all the nutritional wisdom that you need to make 2014 a cleaner and more beautiful year for you! I carry this pretty little book in my bag (it’s the perfect size) at all times for jolt of inspiration. If this book doesn’t make you want to eat your vegetables and clean up your diet choices then nothing will!

I was so excited to purchase this book that I just had to get an extra in order to do this giveaway for all of you!

I’ve also included my favorite organic Roasted Dandelion Root tea for you to sip on while enjoying this informative read and of course, some delicious organic Honey to add to the tea!

What You Will Win:

  • A copy of “Eat Pretty, Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out” by Jolene Hart
  • 1 box of Organic Roasted Dandelion Tea
  • 12oz Jar of Organic Orange Blossom Honey

How To Enter:

  • Please leave me a comment on what you are doing for your health & beauty to mark the change of the seasons! or simply tell me your favorite thing about Spring!
  • Please “like” BeautyByBritanie on Facebook
  • (If you’ve already liked me on Facebook then please follow me on my other social media sites: bloglovintwitter, instagram, pinterest )

I will be choosing the winner randomly and announcing it back on this post on 4/17/14

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!

CONGRATS TO THE WINNER: SARAH B. (COMMENT #38). THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO TRIED OUT FOR THIS GIVEAWAY AND KEEP A LOOK OUT FOR MORE!!

Love & Blessings,

Britanie

Wellness | GEM+REMEDY

GEM+REMEDY - For Metaphysical Enhancements

I first discovered Gem+Remedy on instagram and was instantly attracted to the designs. I have always been very fascinated with gemstone healing and have started my own little gemstone collection recently! I was so happy to come across these wonderful bracelets.

Created using the metaphysical theories of color and gemstone therapy, these intention bracelets are handmade in Los Angeles California on 100% Silk Thread, With Real Gemstones, Sterling Silver and Gold Beads.

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After reading about the wonderful intentions of these bracelets, I contacted the owner and she was kind enough to make me my own customized bracelet.

My bracelet is for Health, Grounding, Love + Protection and is made with Amethyst, Smokey Quartz, Rose Quartz and Garnet.

  • Amethyst can replenish lost energy eroded by depressive episodes or physical harm. It can also increase your energy levels.
  • Smokey Quartz is a very protective and grounding stone. It brings physical and psychic protection. It is also an excellent stone for protection from negative energy, as It removes negativity and negative energy of any kind and transforms them to positive energy.
  • Rose Quartz is a stone of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra to all forms of love: self-love, family love, platonic love, and romantic love. The high energy of quartz gives rose quartz the property of enhancing love in virtually any situation. Bringing love in to life and daily situations not only brings inner warmth, but it also lowers stress and soothes those around it. Rose quartz is a very happy and loving stone.
  • Garnet is a stone of regeneration and stability.  It is said to bring positive thoughts and be excellent for manifestation and bringing abundance. Garnet can boost the entire system’s energy and remove negative energy from the chakras. It is said to be stabilizing in that it can bring order to chaos whether internal or external.

These bracelets attract to the wearer different energetic properties the gemstones and silk colors possess. All bracelets come packaged in apothecary glass bottles with all their info printed on the label so you’ll never forget what energies you’re drawing in! a portion of all profits go to LA women’s shelters.

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I find great comfort in wearing this bracelet throughout my day, especially in times of high-anxiety which I have been recently struggling with. It also looks so beautiful with other pieces of jewelry and I find myself stopping to look at the beautiful bright colors which instantly brightens my mood.

Tip: I find that when I am having a panic attack or feeling very stressed, rubbing each stone helps to relieve some anxiety and help to distract my thoughts and aim my attention to the healing energies of the stones.

Note: make sure to always wash your gemstones after use as they can carry negative energy and anxiety in them. I wash mine under running water although there are many ways to wash your stones!

You can check out all of the beautiful bracelets designed for different desires and needs on the Gem+Remedy website. You can also ask for your own customized bracelet!

Love & Blessings,

Britanie

HANA Organic Skincare Review

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This Eco Lux pure skincare line was created on beautiful Bainbridge Island off the coast of Washington State. I’m really loving this entire line, which I would describe as being incredibly delicate, gentle and really effective. My skin has been drinking these beautiful ingredients right up! The line is not only gluten free (I’m gluten-sensitive) but uses certified organic and Demeter Biodynamic ingredients! There will be a discount code at the end of this review! [Read more...]

Saffron Rouge Beauty Haul

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I was drawn in to order from Saffron Rouge recently after hearing about the promotion they have going on. Orders $95 and over receive a Tallulah Perfume 4ml absolutely free (a $33 value)! Enter the code CLASSY during checkout and the item will be added to your order automatically. I believe this promotion is still going on!

That promotion really sold me because I had already been wanting to order from Saffron Rouge and I also really wanted to try Tallulah Jane, so I ended up buying these goodies…

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Makeup Look: Dramatic Winged Eyeliner + Pretty Pink Lips!

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I apologize for my absence lately. Sometimes you need to just “unplug” yourself and I felt like I needed a break from the internet and took some time for myself. I originally had posted a photo of me on instagram mentioning this look and said it would be up in a few days and I really apologize for the delay. Many of you were curious as to what I used to achieve such a dramatic eyeliner look and I think you will be surprised at how few products it took to achieve this glamorous look.

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Keep reading below for more photos + all products used :)

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Rose Love

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I don’t know what it is but lately I just can’t seem to get enough of Rose. Rose tea, Rose water, Rose oil, Rose-scented anything (as long as it’s not that artificial smelling rose – eek). I actually dedicated an entire post to my love for roses called “Beauty and health benefits of roses”.  I shared the benefits of this beautiful flower but wanted to reiterate some of the many amazing benefits of smelling, drinking, bathing and moisturizing in this flower…

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Interview with Britta Aragon of CV Skinlabs

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I’m so honored to share with you my in-depth interview with the incredibly beautiful (inside and out), Britta Aragon! Britta is not only a cancer survivor, but the creator and founder of CV SkinLabs. CV SkinLabs is a clinically proven, natural and organic skincare line. They have set the standards for skin safety by offering us not only non-toxic choices, but  products that do what they promise.

Britta is also the author of the book, When Cancer Hits. She’s an incredible woman who has endured deep hardships, but has come out radiant, healthy and inspirational to us all. I have so much respect for this woman and her illuminated soul. I had the opportunity to meet and become instant friends with Britta at the Green Beauty Event last September in NYC. In person, she glows with vitality and makes a person feel like a kindred spirit.  I hope this interview will give you a glimpse into her life so you too can know her a bit better. I think you will agree with me when I say that this world is a much better place because of her.

And now let me introduce to you, Britta Aragon~

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Beauty Buzz | Blue Orchid Botanicals – Wildflower Grains & Citrus Body Scrub

Blue Orchid Botanicals – Mind.Body.Soul Vegan Skin Therapy

The lovely Falon Thomas created this holistic skincare line after the birth of her second daughter who had atopic dermatitis. She was fully inspired to  use her accumulated knowledge and benefits of living a naturally centered and plant based lifestyle for herself and her family. She transitioned into a wellness warrior!

Falon extensively researched herbalism, extracts, and natural ingredients, and then began experimenting with the recipes that would become her product line at Blue Orchid Botanicals. I love her commitment and passion!

I have always believed that whole, natural wellness starts within. My motto is mind,body,soul skin therapy because our state of mind is the source of positive patterns. Beauty is brilliant because it’s state relies on the individual.

When Falon asked me to try two of her products, I was very excited! And here is what I received…

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Makeup Look: Green & Gray Smokey Eyes and Light Pink Lips

I recently received some beautiful all-natural pressed eye shadows from Red Apple Lipstick that I have been absolutely loving. I paired together some green and gray tones to create this Smokey-eye look with a slight winged liner to add some more depth and drama. I paired the eyes with a light pink lip and coral cheeks. Keep reading to see which products I used and how to re-create this look :)

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