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.

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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!

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.

DIY: Salt Scrub

I’m sure you’ve seen jars of salt and sugar scrubs regularly available at anywhere from Target to high-end spas and have been tempted to try out their exfoliating powers. But why spend upwards of $30 on a jar of commercially made scrub when you can create your own using easy-to-find ingredients?

I’ve searched the web, tried a few of my own batches and come up with a recipe that should yield you a salt scrub moist enough to hold together, but not too oily, and perfect for beautifully exfoliated arms and legs.

Perfect Exfoliation Salt Scrub Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oil. This could be sweet almond, grapeseed, jojoba, or any light-textured massage oil (don’t use cooking oil, as it is too heavy).
  • 1 cup fine sea salt. Regular iodized table salt is too harsh for skin. Try using sugar for sensitive skin.
  • 5-15 drops of your favorite essential oils. Choose whichever scent you like best! Try experimenting with different batches and combinations of scents. **Alternatively, if you prefer fresh citrus scents, try adding the zest from a lemon, lime, or orange

Preparation:

  • Place salt in a small mixing bowl.
  • Mix in the oil with a spoon or wooden stick, making sure ingredients are fully blended. You can adjust the salt-to-oil ratio for preferred consistency.
  • Tap in drops of your chosen essential oil and mix well.
  • Store in a cute, air-tight jar and enjoy, or package as a homemade gift for a loved one!

Tips:

  • Don’t over-exfoliate your skin. Once or twice a week should be plenty.
  • Don’t use this formula on your face; an exfoliant for your facial skin should be extremely gentle.
  • Try substituting sugar for salt for a gentler exfoliant. My naturally extremely-attractive-to-bugs-of-all-types skin is better suited for salt, but many prefer the finer grain of sugar.
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Try using twine, raffia, or ribbon to spruce up cheap jars for easy gift giving

Enjoy your creation and let us know how your batch turns out!

What Are Essential Oils?

Via: bigcommerce.com

Via: bigcommerce.com

You may have heard the term “essential oils” before in connection with natural skin care. What’s all the fuss about this ingredient? How essential are they really?

Use of essential oils for both medicinal and beauty purposes can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece, where they were often used as a supplement to the beauty and health regimens of the rich. Luckily, these special oils are now available to the general public…or at least to those lucky enough to have caught on to their gentle yet effective uses in skin treatment and aromatherapy.

Highly concentrated extracts from plants and flowers, essential oils are distilled but otherwise left unaltered, making them potent and fragrant. Unlike artificially produced perfume oils, essential oils not only just smell great, but are also reputed to provide great benefits, including aromatherapy, relaxation of tired muscles, healing of acne, treatment of dandruff and protection of the skin’s natural barrier.

So where can you find these therapeutic oils? Snowy Owl Cove employs essential oils in many of its products, including its entire line of face soaps.

Snowy Owl Cove’s Indian Summer Face Bar, for example, includes essential oils to aid in the soothing of blemished skin and for moisture without a greasy residue. Don’t miss out on big power of this small ingredient!