Protect Your Skin The Stylish Way: Cute Summer Hats!

We all know the importance of a good sunscreen during summer, but what if you want something more? Even the best sunscreens wear off after time and exposure to water and sweat. So why not invest in a cute, stylish hat this summer?

Not only do hats provide a physical barrier, shielding your face and shoulders from harmful rays, they also make a perfect addition to long dresses, casual outfits and swimwear alike. Check out some of our picks for perfect summer headwear.

LiViTY “High Grade Fedora”:  Handmade with sustainable ingredients, this hat is not only functional for a day at the beach, it’s unique and adorable. Bonus: It’s on sale for only $42!

Athleta Poipu Straw Hat: A cute, basic hat with an adjustable wire so you can bend the brim to whatever shape you want! At $29.99, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Justine Hats Wide Brimmed Straw Hat:  Unique, beautiful and classic, this handmade hat is sure to turn heads. While it’s a little pricey at $155, because it’s specially crafted by store owner Justine, you can be sure that you’ll be the only one at the pool with a hat this handsome.

Do you sport hats during the summer? Would you consider wearing any of these? Let us know in the comments!

Update Your Wardrobe With Handmade Hair Accessories

For most people, the months after Christmas are spent patching financial holes created by present-buying, trip-taking and all those other unforeseen, expensive necessities that invariably seem to present themselves around the holiday season. This also happens to be the time of the year when I start longing for the first signs of spring and begin to tire of my winter “uniform” (jeans, boots, sweater and a scarf, literally everyday).

Although it’s not exactly balmy here in Denver yet, we’ve been lucky enough to have several over-60 degree days in the past couple of weeks, and stores have started to rid themselves of thick leggings and jackets in anticipation of brighter, lighter, more cheerful inventory. As much as I’d like to start investing in cute new spring styles, I simply can’t justify it (at least yet). Instead, to revive outfits I’d rather stick in storage and not revisit for the next 8 months, I’ve turned to accessories: headbands, jewelry and nail polish.

Inexpensive and widely available, accessories will easily transition into warmer seasons and will help to resuscitate dull winter clothes in the meantime. In particular, hair accessories are a great way to dress up old clothes and add interest around the face, instantly brightening up an outfit for a special occasion or night out. While hair accessories can be found anywhere from Target to TJ Maxx, I’ve found that some especially unique and beautiful pieces are available in abundance on Etsy.

Which are your favorites?

1. Dreams By The Sea: Gorgeous, delicate headbands, barrettes and more. Although primarily made as weddings accessories, several of the nature-themed accessories are low-key enough to work for year-round beautiful hairstyles.

"Daphne" Leaf Bobby Pins are available for $38.00.

“Daphne” Leaf Bobby Pins are available for $38.00.

2. Where The Moon Goes: Offering hand-beaded bracelets, necklaces, belts and headbands, this shop is full of gorgeous, colorful accessories that are sure to attract compliments with any outfit.

"Sonus Lilium" Beaded Headband available for $45.00.

“Sonus Lilium” Beaded Headband is available for $45.00.

3. Academy J: With a vintage vibe, these headbands and clips are perfect to dress up or dress down and come in a variety of styles and colors. Affordably priced, these accessories are great statement pieces to pair with a range of everyday or special occasion outfits.

"Sonny" Beaded Headband is available for $24.00.

“Sonny” Beaded Headband is available for $24.00.

Do It Yourself This Holiday Season

As hard as it is to believe, the holiday season is upon is, and it’s time to decorate, compile gifts for loved ones and cook up a storm of perfectly spiced treats. If you’re anything like me, you’re looking to save some money–and make something unique and meaningful–by creating things yourself this year.

From decor to gifts, the DIY trend has made it easy to get inspiration from the internet and whip together something truly delightful, creative and one-of-a-kind. Check out our list for links to some great ideas for do-it-yourself creations to help spread the holiday joy:

Holiday Decor:

Homemade Gifts:

Mouth-Watering Recipes:

Happy DIY-ing!

Free Shipping On All Snowy Owl Cove Products!

In honor of our love for fall, we’re offering free shipping on all Snowy Owl Cove products in our Etsy store!

Stock up on everything from thick, creamy lotions to alleviate winter skin to gentle, soothing soaps to leave your skin clean, fresh, but never stripped of moisture. Keep in mind that all of our products are all natural and handmade in small batches with the utmost attention to the quality of ingredients. We hope you’ll take advantage of this deal and use our array of soaps, lotions and serums to keep your skin healthy & happy this fall!

Simply use the coupon code FREEFALLSHIPPING during checkout in our store to receive your order free of shipping charges anywhere in the domestic US!

Happy shopping, everyone!

Ancient Skin Remedies For Modern Times

Via: italiantribune.com

Via: italiantribune.com

So many trends in the fashion and beauty world (and beyond) move in cycles: in the past few years, we’ve seen the reemergence of everything from 70’s inspired flower child wavy locks to the neon spandex styles of the flashy 80’s. Mad Men helped re-popularize the glamorous, well-tailored fashions of the 50’s and 60’s, and when it comes to beauty, the rise of Pinterest and prevalence of beauty blogs beckoned us back to an older, simpler time when beauty products could be prepared with everyday, natural items.

In a rat race world of complicated situations we can’t necessarily control, why not simplify what we can? In my search for age-old skin remedies that are still easily obtainable, here are the ingredients that stood out to me in their reputed efficacy and ability to stand the test of time:

  • Honey: The Ancient Greeks, as well as those in Africa, the Middle East and India have used honey for thousands of years on wounds to help speed up the healing process. Able to ease pain, reduce swelling and infection and promote healing, honey is still a great way to keep skin smooth and blemish-free.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Used by the aboriginal people of Australia for over 3,000 years, this oil has been employed throughout history as a treatment for infections and various other medicinal purposes. Now, tea tree is again rising in popularity as an effective therapy for everything from acne to dandruff. With strong disinfectant properties, it is therapeutic for troubled and damaged skin.
  • Olive Oil: Referred to as “liquid gold” by the Ancient Greeks, olive oil has been widely used for thousands of years as a natural moisturizer for both skin and hair. Used to anoint kings and athletes in Greece, this oil was considered sacred for many years due to its amazingly effective and versatile abilities. Still used in many beauty products, it is ideal for those with allergies, as it is extremely gentle on skin.
  • Almond Oil: Before there was Botox or expensive anti-aging creams, Ancient Egyptians relied on the powers of almond oil to look younger. Popular in skin products used in almost all classes of society, almond oil has remained prevalent due to its rejuvenating abilities and high antioxidant content in the form of vitamin E.

Unique Jewelry Inspired by Nature

Etsy can be a great place to find jewelry if you’re looking for unique pieces without high-end boutique prices. At the same time, searching through literally thousands of shops to score the perfect item can be a daunting, time consuming task. Whenever I’m trying to find a thoughtful gift or just something to treat myself, I usually turn to lists online of the best shops for the genre I need.

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of gorgeous jewelry involving natural elements including leaves, stones and wood. Perusing Etsy, I came up with the following list of stores whose items inspired by nature are both beautiful and versatile:

  • Modern Flower Child: Drawing inspiration from fashions of the early 1970’s, these pieces are handmade using dried flowers, grasses and other organic material suspended in clear resin. The effect is earthy with plenty of focus on natural elements, but also unexpectedly modern and fresh.
  • Hendywood: Created using wood, stones and glass, this jewelry lends a simple, polished aesthetic to a natural, handmade feel. Not in the market for jewelry? This shop also offers everything from decorative, hand-carved bowls to cute wooden buttons.
  • All Natural Wonders: Including jewelry that contains real leaves plated in gold, silver and copper, All Natural Wonders offers intricate, delicate pieces suitable for everyday use and special occasions alike. With the inclusion of swarvoski crystals and semi precious stones in many of the pieces, this shop offers a more glamorous side to nature-inspired jewelry.

Strong Styles With Romantic Touches Reign for Fall

Temperatures are slowly dropping, the humidity has been replaced by a slightly crisper breeze, and up in New York, Fashion Week has begun to reveal some of the styles that we’ll be seeing for the upcoming season.

I’ve checked out the runway photos, compiled some of the new beauty trends that most excite me, and put an all-natural spin on these fashions:

  • Lips: Look for vampy, romantic shades of burgundy, purple and deep red. Dramatic lips paired with more neutral eye colors will be making a major appearance this fall. Try Honeybee Gardens Natural Lipstick in Vintage Merlot for a paraben-free take on this trend, complete with all-natural moisturizing ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter.
  • Hair: Perfectly coiffed, intricately styled hair is making way for lower effort, simpler styles this fall. Think low, sleek ponytails, hair that looks as if it’s been air dried, romantic styles involving loose braids and twists and more casual versions of 1960’s bouffants. Check out Harper’s Bazaar’s slideshow for inspiration, and for an all-natural way to keep hair smooth and styled in a braid or updo, try Kiss My Face’s Natural Styling Gel.
  • Nails: Tired of neons? For those who favor the classics, you’ll be happy to learn that rich, elegant jewel-tone shades will make a comeback in the upcoming months. Shades like wine and eggplant, along with neutral grays and metallic coppers will make for less trendy, more tasteful nails for the fall season. I’m loving Zoya Nail Polish’s formaldehyde-free polish in Toni, which they describe as a “dark, warm raisin-wine cream.” Yum.
  • Accessories: Headbands, which have gained popularity in the last couple years, are still popular going into fall. Look for beaded and sequined designs with a vintage flair to lend interest to an updo or to loose, wavy hair. Check out these handmade fall favorites from Bethany Lorelle’s shop on Etsy.

What are your favorite fall trends? Who’s ready for cooler weather, boots & tights?

Knowledge to Fill Awkward Silences: Facts About Soap

Here at Snowy Owl Cove, we’re passionate about all of our skin care products, but have a special affinity to the items that started it all, our all natural soaps. There is just something about the process of creating a perfectly compact bar of sweet smelling cleanliness, knowing it will help someone begin the morning or wash off the stresses of the day at night that is incredibly satisfying. And there is also the cool feeling of being part of a long tradition of soap making that has stretched back for thousands of years (the first literary reference to soap used for cleansing was by Greek physician Galen in the second century A.D.)

For inquiring minds, I’ve compiled a few interesting facts about this basic, everyday, yet extraordinary substance:

  • The first known soaps were created by boiling animal fat on a wood fire. The earliest known users of soap were either the Celts or the Phoenicians.
  • Early soaps were usually used for washing clothes or curing animal hides. The Romans, however, were known to use soaps as a part of bathing and spread this usage throughout Europe.
  • The soap making process stayed about the same until mass production methods were introduced in the late 18th century. Some of the large soap manufacturers, such as Pears Soap, date back to this time period (Pears Soap was founded in 1789).
  • Mass produced bar soap that you may buy in the grocery or drugstore is mostly detergent, which is why it bubbles up so much.

And one bonus fact…

  • Murphy’s Oil Soap is the most commonly used cleanser to wash elephants!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Frazzled From Summer Travel? Bounce Back with DIY Treatments

Via: thewanderingwanderluster.com

Via: thewanderingwanderluster.com

 

I just returned from a wonderful, fun-filled and entirely draining week in the beautiful city of Chicago. While I enjoy the kind of vacation involving beachside napping as much as the next person, I also love the hectic exhilaration of spending days on end sight-seeing, flavoring new foods, catching a live show and browsing hole-in-the-wall boutiques for the perfect surprise presents to bring friends back home.

We usually envision ourselves returning from vacation rejuvenated, ready to tackle the piles of work that have stacked up in our absence, with slightly fewer bags under our eyes. Of course, after running around the city under a blazing sun for a week, compiled with the joys of public transportation and navigating O’Hare airport, I’ve naturally returned more frazzled than before I left. And I’m just going to guess that it was some sort of city toxin/airplane dryness combination that has left my skin dull and hair frizzy.

Are you feeling the effects of mid-summer skin, hair and body stress? For me, it’s the perfect time to treat myself to a night of all-natural DIY beauty treatments (while doing loads and LOADS of post-trip laundry, of course). Here’s what’s on the menu:

1.  Carrot & Honey Face Mask

  • What it does: This mask is perfect for rejuvenating tired skin since carrots are full of antioxidants that help fight free radicals (think: city smog) that cause your skin to look less radiant, and honey is a great natural antibacterial cleanser and moisturizer. This easy recipe also includes witch hazel (tones and cleanses pores), cucumber juice (soothes irritation) and lemon juice (contains vitamin C; plumps skin), which all work together to help your skin rebound from post-travel dullness.
  • What you’ll need: 1/2 cup cooked mashed carrots, 1/4 cup honey, 1 teaspoon witch hazel, 1 tablespoon cucumber juice and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
  • What you’ll need to do: Find the freshest ingredients possible; this will ensure that they’re full of the powerful antioxidants you’re after. Start by mashing the carrots (bring water to a boil, reduce heat and add carrots, and allow to cook covered for about 20 minutes or until they are tender; then simply mash the carrots into a smooth consistency). Next, combine ingredients in a bowl and mix together until consistency is thick and pasty. Massage and layer it onto skin and allow for it to sit for 25 minutes or longer. Rinse off and follow with a non-alcoholic toner (witch hazel is great as a toner by itself!) and apply a light moisturizer.

2.  Rosemary & Lemon Foot Soak

  • What it does: For all of us who strongly regret our footwear choices after extensive walking on trips, this soak can be a lifesaver. The rejuvenating properties of lemon, combined with the soothing and calming qualities of rosemary make for the perfect (and aromatic) foot soaking experience. This recipe also includes oat flour, which reduces inflammation, rashes, and works as a powerful moisturizer.
  • What you’ll need: 2 drops lemon essential oil, 2 drops rosemary essential oil, and 4 tablespoons organic oat flour. Note: Essential oils can be found at most whole grocery stores or health food stores.
  • What you’ll need to do: Add ingredients to a warm water foot bath. (It doesn’t have to be fancy! A small plastic tub would work). Soak feet for 15 to 20 minutes. For added moisture, rub on some hand or foot cream afterwards (or alternatively, have someone nice massage it in).

3.  Coconut & Avocado Hair Mask

  • What it does: Both coconut and avocado are full of fats needed by hair to look shiny, soft, bouncy and healthy. When applied from roots to ends, these ingredients can help smooth hair at the cuticle and repair the appearance of split ends.
  • What you’ll need: 1 large avocado, mashed; 1 tablespoon solid coconut oil (I get mine at Trader Joe’s); 1 tablespoon aloe juice; and 1 teaspoon jojoba oil.
  • What you’ll need to do: Combine ingredients with either a spoon, or for a smoother consistency, with a food processor. Apply to damp hair from roots to ends as evenly as possible and cover with a shower cap to avoid too much drip-age. Let sit on hair for 30-45 minutes and rinse, wash and style as usual.

4.  Vitamin E Cuticle Soak

  • What it does: This one is simple. As you probably know, vitamin E is fundamental in delivering smoother, healthier skin, and cuticles are no exception. Combined with a powerful hand lotion, your nails will be looking great in time for the weekend!
  • What you’ll need: A few drops of Vitamin E, which is available in most grocery stores.
  • What you’ll need to do:  Simply add a few teaspoons of the oil to a warm bowl of water and soak your hands for 10-15 minutes. Shea butter is also great for rough cuticles, so try finding a hand lotion containing this ingredient for maximum soothing power.

Happy summer travels, everyone! Do you have a trick to help you recharge after a tiring trip? Let us know!