Infusion Fusion! ~ Aromatic Traditions, Elmira NY

Infusion Fusion ~ October 26, 2012…  a Celebration & a perfectly balanced experience for all of my senses at  Aromatic Traditions located in Elmira, NY. This special evening & event marked the launch of Aromatic Traditions first retail natural perfume called – Awakened Heart. 

A night for the senses indeed 🙂 –  in addition to experiencing this beautiful natural perfume, there was live music by Ash Grove,  an open studio & demo by local glass artist Jen Zitcov, infused cocktails & lemonade, apothecary glass jars filled with plump red raspberries & alcohol & another filled with the bright greens of Thai basil…

Shelves were filled with Aromatic Traditions product line – from body bars, to face serums, lip care, & infused oils, ahhhh 🙂 all perfectly packaged & created from local resources and done so by Aromatic Traditions creator, Susan Lewis Varga.  Aromatic Traditions began in 1999 & is located on 40 acres of wildflowers, herb gardens, & ancient forest in rural Pennsylvania, & is currently located in Elmira, NY.  Susan’s passion for quality, hand picked, and fresh materials is evident in her hand blended product line.  I found myself enjoying the way the products looked, smelled, the dancing, the glowing candles, and sipping on my pomegranate lemonade infused with rose water… Infusion!!!   Such a fantastic night!

The star of the evening was the natural perfume, Awakened Heart, which is a beautiful grounded floral perfume with notes of Rose Damask, Pink Lotus, Ruh Khus (Wild Vetiver), French Vanilla, Litsea Cubeba, cold pressed Lime, Pink Pepper, & fresh Raspberry Infused Alcohol.

This was my first natural perfume experience & it was amazing to me how the perfume takes on your own personal essence.  Susan’s vision with Awakened Heart, is to offer an experience to open & ground your heart with warm & comforting scents.  In addition to the perfume release, Aromatic Traditions is offering a personalized perfume special for $125, that runs through 12/31/21012. The special includes a personalized perfume session with Susan and a custom bead created by Jen Zitcov & with 5% of the proceeds going to support  Heart to Heart of the Southern Tier.

Two products I couldn’t walk away without that evening, were the Revive ~ Vegan Lip Shimmer & the Energize ~ Citrus & Calendula Salve.  The lip shimmer goes on so smoothly with just a subtle shimmer, it’s long lasting and doesn’t have that sticky glossy feel that I find in a lot of lip products… Love it!  I also have been using the Citrus & Calendula Salve all week!  I can’t get enough of its energizing scent, which is so refreshing this time of year.  It is luxurious, leaves my skin silky soft and glowing, but not greasy.  I appreciate the fresh, certified organic & vegan ingredients. A little goes a long way and I am using it on my hands & body… a new favorite product for me!

For more information about Aromatic Traditions, call, email or check out their website –

Products are also available for purchase at Skyland Farms on Seneca Lake, Burdett, NY & Emerge Spa in Wellsboro,PA…coming soon to Sundrees, Trumansburg, NY, & Green Star Market in Ithaca, NY.  Great gift ideas & clean LOCAL products to start incorporating into your body, face, & wellness routines.  Amazing & Inspiring Evening.  Thank You Aromatic Traditions!

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Norabloom Beauty Lounge – Ithaca, NY ~ Amazing Facial Experience!!!!! :)

My skin looks and feels – AMAZING after my first facial at  Norabloom Beauty Lounge in Ithaca, NY!!!

I am incredibly  happy with the results after the Signature, 90 minute Facial I received from licensed Aesthetician and Makeup Artist, Holly Green… In fact, I think my skin has improved everyday since the facial which was 5 days ago, and not only the skin on my face, but on my neck and decollate as well.  Think – smooth, glowing, clean and smaller looking pores – YES!

I walked into the Norabloom Beauty Lounge and found myself with an instant smile.  The waiting area is welcoming and decorated beautifully with touches of femininity everywhere.. soft browns and greens on the walls and window treatments, a light breeze & sunshine coming in from the open door with lovely fresh potted flowers, and a perfectly set up product/retail area, – I love products! So I was sucked into this area right away admiring Holly’s neatly organized product line, Norabloom Botanicals.  This natural product line is petroleum-free & paraben free, uses no artificial colors, and contains primarily organic ingredients.

Holly took me from her waiting area into the treatment room and offered me the choice of  a cool carrot juice shot or a cool green smoothie shot – Yum 🙂  The rooms cozy atmosphere and music offer a instant disconnect from the world outside, allowing my relaxation journey to begin!

I crawled under the soft blankets and sheets on to the heated table and into my cocoon for the next 90 minutes.  Holly’s application of products during the facial is done with great intention and she is detailed and thorough with her technique throughout.  During my facial I experienced the amazing scents of Norabloom Botanical skin care products, warm moist towels to remove products and a steam that was perfectly positioned over my face – I find sometimes that the steam can seem overwhelming with my breathing if it is too close.  Her extractions were effective, but not painful, and i really appreciated the special attention to my lips with the Babelicious Lip Balm.

Holly sent me into an even deeper state of relaxation with massage to my neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and feet during my face mask.  I also appreciated the invigorating and detailed face and scalp massage.  After your service, Holly emails you an overview of your personal Norabloom experience that includes products used in your service and recommendations for follow up sessions… I loved this individual attention!  It allowed me to just be, after my service,… I didn’t have to focus on what she recommended or what was used, I just enjoyed being pampered and my relaxation.

As I got dressed I noticed a small card on the table with a quote from Gandhi that said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  Holly clearly demonstrates her passion for pampering and caring for you during your individual Beauty Lounge experience at Norabloom Beauty Lounge.    I left feeling well from the inside – out and gained a true sense of peace and relaxation, plus great looking skin!

Thank You Holly ~ Norabloom Beauty Lounge!!!

 
Norabloom Beauty Lounge is located at
 313 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Phone:  607-592-8222
Email: norabloomskincare@yahoo.com
You can also book your appointment online!!

My 90 minute Signature Facial cost $115, and prices for facials range from $50 to $165.  Massage therapy, waxing, and other services are available as well! – Please check out the Norabloom Beauty Lounge  website for a complete list of services, products, information.

EcoTools® – Quality Make Up Brushes – Earth Friendly Beauty

New make up brushes have been on my shopping list for awhile now and I didn’t feel like braving the mall or the make up counter yesterday.  I remembered aesthetician, Holly Green recommending a product line called EcoTools®  at her holistic skin care talk… So, I stopped into a Walgreens and I was pleasantly surprised to find the EcoTools®  brand and pay under $15 for their Bamboo 6 piece brush set!!

Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set  Image

Blush brush
Eye shading brush
Angled eyeliner brush
Concealer brush
Lash & Brow groomer
Hemp & cotton case
 

Ok, I was skeptical at first too, as I have been guilty of spending over $60 for a makeup brush in the past, but I had to try them out and I am so pleased!  The angled eyeliner brush was precise with its application, yet soft enough that it didn’t pull at the skin under my lashes. The other brushes not only felt nice while applying, but made the application of my blush, eyeshadow, and concealer look great too. 🙂

As I said, these brushes are incredibly soft and also 100% cruelty free.  The brushes are made out of bamboo, recycled aluminum ferrules, and synthetic taklon for the brushes bristles.  So what makes taklon better and what exactly is taklon???

Taklon is a synthetic material and unlike animal hair bristles, does not have a hair cuticle for makeup, dead skin cells, and other contaminants to build up on the bristles.  The hair cuticle allows bacteria to grow on your brushes making them unsanitary… Taklon has antibacterial properties, making it better for your skin.

1% of EcoTools annual sales are donated to 1% For The Planet®, an alliance of businesses committed to leveraging their resources to create a healthier planet.  EcoTools®  website is fun to navigate and offers beauty tips and tutorials, a link to their blog, and information on their collection which ranges from cosmetic brushes to eco conscious bath tools.  I am looking forward to trying more of their products!

You can also purchase  EcoTools®  products locally at  Norabloom Beauty Lounge located at 313 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

Enjoy! 🙂

Holistic Skin Care at Rasa Spa – Ithaca, NY

I attended Rasa Spa’s free Holistic Skin Care Talk this past Tuesday,  March 6th, 2012 in Ithaca, NY.

Rasa’s Lead licensed aesthetician, Holly Green, offered an informative discussion about holistic skin care and Rasa Spa’s commitment to whole health. The talk was given in Rasa Spa’s Tranquility Room which overlooks the Cayuga Lake Inlet.

The Tranquility Room is simply lovely, offering warm soft colors on the walls and window treatments, dark wood floors, fluffy pillows, soft blankets, glowing candles, and cozy chaise lounge chairs. Ahhhh – relaxation!!  This room also features local artists paintings and  local woodworked furniture & cabinets are found throughout the spa.  Cool cucumber water  and tea were served – so refreshing!

 Holistic Skin Care Talk

Holly Green has been practicing for over 14 years and is also a licensed massage therapist.  She is able to offer a holistic mind & body approach to skin care, combining aesthetics and massage therapy in her facials at Rasa.  Holly, along with Rasa’s other aestheticians,  are able to customize your facial for your specific needs.  Holly emphasized Rasa’s goals of  providing unique, individual, and quality services to each client that comes to Rasa Spa.

I appreciated Holly & Rasa Spa’s passion not only for skin care & education, but for health & wellness from within.  Bringing peace &  relaxation from within helps to create a healthy glow and healthy you on the outside!  Holly is excellent at communicating & educating her clients about what is most appropriate for their specific needs!

Facials range from 30 – 90 minutes for $55 – $140 and detailed descriptions of facials are available on Rasa’s website http://www.rasaspa.com.  Rasa also offers special facials for those with problem skin such as acne or rosacea, aging skin, and a gentleman’s facial.  Don’t forget to check out options for body treatments as well!

Holly also educated the group on three NEW options for facials at Rasa Spa:

  • RASA SPA ORGANIC INFUSION MICRODERMABRASION (a regenerating facial that uses organic buffing grains infused with lavender that allows for deeper penetration of products and helps to minimize fine lines & increase skin renewal) 60 minutes $140
  • RASA SPA HIGH FREQUENCY CURRENT (an argon filled glass electrode produces varying intensities of infrared light which help kill bacteria, is used to help soothe acne, ingrown hairs, and decrease enlarged pores.)  Add High Frequency to a Rasa Spa Facial of your choice.
  • THE NORABLOOM EXPERIENCE FACIAL for RASA (a custom facial curated by Holly Green (NORABLOOM) & Rasa Spa using botanically-derived products from Norabloom) Pricing – same as Rasa’s 30 – 90 minute facials.

Organic, clean, & nutrient rich products are a focus at Rasa since the skin absorbs 60% of what we apply to what is our largest organ.  Some of the product lines available at Rasa Spa include – Eminence Organics, Norabloom, redflower, and local products are also listed on the Rasa website.

What to expect during a facial at Rasa Spa 

  • Fill out an intake form to educate your aesthetician about you, your health history, allergies
  • Enjoy the Tranquility Room &  relax before your session
  • Heated treatment tables & cozy linens
  • Cleansing of the face, neck, decollete
  • Exfoliation of these areas in combination with steam to open pores, making extractions easier if needed
  • Face mask is applied based on your unique skin type
  • Relax & enjoy an arm & hand massage or foot massage while your mask sets
  • Hot towels are applied to soften the mask
  • Moisturizing the face, neck, decollete
  • Consultation/education/samples from your aesthetician complete your personalized experience at Rasa Spa

I appreciated the free and informative session on skin care and signed up for special spa offers, information, and upcoming events on Rasa’s Website.  I’m looking forward to my first facial at Rasa!!!

 
 
Rasa Spa is located at 
310 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca, NY 14850  
607.273.1740
 
Enjoy Rasa’s NEW, second location near Cornell University – Island Health & Fitness Community Corners located at
903 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
607.273.1740 (use the downtown phone number for appointments at this time)