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Secret Ingredient: Licorice Root

June 1, 2010 | Article

Many licorice candies and sweets are actually flavored with the similar-tasting herb anise.

Retail Boutique: Eye Masks

April 1, 2010 | Article

Bright designs, fun florals, and cute sayings make eye masks eye-catching. They are a cure for bright bedrooms, provide a respite for the overworked, and even relieve discomfort and headaches.

Secret Ingredient: Argan Oil

April 1, 2010 | Article

Fair-trade cooperatives in Morocco benefiting women have made the oil skyrocket in popularity — it’s not just good for users, it’s now also beneficial for local harvesters.

Secret Ingredient: Azulene/Chamomile

March 1, 2010 | Article

Chamomile has been used for centuries in Europe as a popular herbal treatment for numerous ailments, and chamomile tea is said to have mildly sedating effects.

This Land Is ‘My Land’

March 1, 2010 | Article

In opening Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa, Justin Mitchell and Karina Restrepo bring water-based polish, Latin flair, and a designer’s keen eye to the Philadelphia nail world.

Secret Ingredient: Diamond Dust

February 1, 2010 | Article

The term diamond comes from an ancient Greek word meaning ‘unbreakable.’

Are You Among the Cap-Conscious?

January 1, 2010 | Article

Good for you for recycling plastic water bottles — but are you leaving the bottle caps on as you conscientiously recycle? If that’s the case, you are actually getting in the way of your own green efforts. It turns out that leaving on those little caps can cause your water bottles to be rejected —and prevent them from being recycled at all.

Secret Ingredient: Ginseng

December 1, 2009 | Article

The term ginseng comes from the Chinese word meaning “man root,” because the root’s forked shape makes it appear humanlike.

A Sanctuary for One

December 1, 2009 | Article

Cindi Rice’s philosophy of one-on-one attention at The Nail Sanctuary has ensured that the owner-designed-and-operated salon’s appointment book is filled up to a year in advance.

Secret Ingredient: Pumpkin

December 1, 2009 | Article

The jack-o-lantern tradition originated in Ireland, where they carved turnips and put burning coals inside.

Bodipure Wilaverde Eco-Minded Polish Removal

November 1, 2009 | Article

A green alternative to traditional polish remover, Wilaverde by Bodipure offers polish remover that contains no acetone or ethyl acetate. The 100% biodegradable formula is enriched with soy to condition nails, cuticles, and skin on contact and has no unpleasant odor.

On My Mind: Feel Better, Help Others

October 1, 2009 | Article

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is getting close to the holidays.  This is the time to give back any way we can.

The Big Dip: Paraffin Waxes

October 1, 2009 | Article

Paraffin waxes are renowned for their healing and pain-relieving properties. The wax was first used by doctors to help relieve arthritis pain but has since become a standard in nail salon services. Here’s a quick dip into the world of paraffin, from different warmers to proper cleaning procedures, as well as a wax roundup.

Secret Ingredient: Oats

October 1, 2009 | Article

Oats are used in food (oatmeal or flour), drinks (British beer, a Latin American sweet drink), to feed horses and cattle, and to soothe skin conditions.

Atlanta Spa and Nail Bar Go Platinum

October 1, 2009 | Article

The Brookhaven location of Atlanta’s Natural Body Spa & Shop chain has just been awarded Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

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