What’s on Staffer’s Desks: A British Beauty Staple
We’re bringing back one of our all-time favorite conceits: What’s on Staffers’ Desks. Now that we have four international offices—New York, Barcelona, Paris and London—we’ve got plenty of fun snapshots to share. Be on the lookout for these peeks into the world of Birchbox!
“Molton Brown has become a British (beauty) institution. I’ve spotted it regularly in fancy hotels and gorgeous gift sets over the years and I’ve always been a fan. My latest Molton Brown obsession? Their newly reformulated Nourishing body lotions—an aptly-named hydrating delight that sinks into the skin in seconds. I’ve been slathering it onto limbs after a day stuck in the AC-heavy office, before heading out with friends after work. I always keep Gingerlily on my desk. It’s enriched with tamanu nut oil and white lily extract, so it keeps skin nourished and makes the lotion smell divine. Multi-tasking at its best!”
—Grace, editorial executive Birchbox UK
Looking for Molton Brown in the US? Here a selection from the Brit brand in the Birchbox Shop.
We all suspect (or are certain) that our guy friends, little brothers, and significant others dip into our anti-aging creams and use every opportunity to test out our luxe shampoos. But we rarely take beauty cues or products from the boys—with a few key exceptions, namely Molton Brown’s Re-charge Black Pepper Bodywash.
Originally designed for men, this shower essential quickly gained a cult following among savvy ladies thanks to its energizing blend of spices and unique formula. Our very own Mollie Chen swears by the Black Pepper Bodywash—it’s been her favorite for years.
When I think “luxury at home,” the one thing that comes immediately to mind is a long soak in the tub. Like Birchbox’s DIY face mask expert, I have certain demands for my self-administered spa treatments. A quality bath has to be piping hot, smell good, soothe my achy muscles, and if it’s really worth its salt, leave me feeling relaxed after I step out and dry off.
Ok, so it might be a tall order. But for the longest time, I thought it was nothing a drugstore lineup of Vitabath and Epsom Salts couldn’t handle. Little did I know that once I entered the Birchbox world, I would crave a bathtime upgrade. And let’s just say there was no going back once I gave luxe Italian brand Borghese's bath products a shot.
‘Tis the season, which can mean only one thing: You are in search of great holiday gifts. Well, look no further. Whether you’re stumped about what to get a co-worker, your dad, or your bestie, we have something for everyone on your list. Check back every day this month for a new dose of gift-giving inspiration — and get ready to deck your halls with much more than holly.
Why this makes a great gift: Holiday travel can take a toll on your skin, from dry hands to puffy feet. Don’t leave home without this limited edition set, which comes in a handy pink and purple zipper bag designed by Shoshanna. Inside, you’ll find tubes of AHAVA’s skin-smoothing Mineral Body Lotion, Mineral Hand Cream, and Dermud Intensive Foot Cream.
It’s perfect for: Your ski bunny friend and jet-setting family member.
Price: $35 ($60 value), available on birchbox.com.
Find more great gifts on our Holiday Gift Guide.
We knew we liked LivLuna when we first read their mantra: “A digital tribe of fun fearless females who love natural beauty, healthy fitness and food, body positivity, yoga, eco-fashion, and social justice.” That’s why we’re super excited to have their CEO and founder, Maria Olson, guest blogging for us this week on a variety of topics, from eating healthily (and without guilt!) to her fave eco-friendly fashion finds.
Photo: Dages Juvelier Keates, LivLuna's nutrition expert
Food is one of the greatest sensual pleasures in life. LivLuna wants you to love food, and not feel guilty. Yes, you deserve cheese, carbs, and dessert when you feel like it. Life is beautiful only if you really taste it, and too short to spend on a diet.
Instead of eating ice cream and feeling guilty, give yourself full permission to enjoy it, being totally present, and when negative fat talk starts, notice it, and let it go. Enjoy every bite, and become aware of when you’ve had enough. If you’re mindlessly eating, you’ll have the whole pint, and still feel unsatisfied.
We’ve heard about how French women don’t get fat, don’t exercise, and eat whatever they want—their trick is smaller portions of tastier, more nutritious food. The French spend A LOT of money on real food—they see eating healthy, quality food as a priority. In the U.S. we spend as little as possible, consume huge amounts of less nutritious fake food, and feel unsatisfied.
At LivLuna we have a refreshing nutrition expert who is passionate about real food. When I first met Dages, I was blown away by her energy. I was like ‘um, I’ll have what she’s having, please.’ I was tired, depressed, and needed lots of sugar just to get through the day, but she’s shown me how to tackle my hypoglycemia and feel amazing. She also creates personalized detox plans that will not leave you hungry, but full of glowing energy.
Check out videos of Dages on Gluten, Antioxidants, Fats, Cravings, Blood Sugar and Seasonal Eating (or why New Year’s diets fail). If you want to win a free skype consultation with integrative food coach Dages (worth $100), enter LivLuna’s Meaning of Love Contest now!
Replace caffeinated or sugary drinks with our favorite, Zhenya’s Gypsy Tea, available in our Birchbox Shop!
We knew we liked LivLuna when we first read their mantra: “A digital tribe of fun fearless females who love natural beauty, healthy fitness and food, body positivity, yoga, eco-fashion, and social justice.” That’s why we’re super excited to have them guest blogging for us this week on a variety of topics, from eating healthily (and without guilt!) to their editors’ fave eco-friendly fashion finds. As for today, they’re sounding off on perhaps the most important message of all: being happy with yourself the way you are.
Photo: Michelle, LivLuna's fitness expert
The average American girl starts dieting when she’s eight years old; 78% of seventeen year old girls are unhappy with their bodies; and one out of four college-aged women have an eating disorder. Why do so many of us only see the imperfections when we look in the mirror? Why are negative thoughts about our appearance wasting so much of our time?
We see up to 600 airbrushed ads a day—no wonder our concept of beauty has become distorted, photoshopped, absurd, and omnipresent. We’re inundated with media telling us to lose this, tone that, shrink to this size, count calories, starve, suck it in, get in shape for bikini season — Enough of the guilt and fat talk already. The emphasis should not be on being a certain size and losing weight, but on how to be the healthiest, fittest, most happy and energetic version of yourself possible.
We guarantee extreme dieting, obsessive calorie counting, and working out like a maniac won’t do that. LivLuna believes that skinny does not equal healthy. Fit equals healthy, and fitness—like beauty—comes in different shapes and sizes. Next time you feel guilty, criticize yourself, or have negative self talk circling in your brain regarding food, your body, face, hair, all the things you want to change, or improve, or get rid of—STOP—take a deep breath, and tell yourself: I’m beautiful already. This body, including my soft jiggly bits, is hot! It takes time and effort, but you can reprogram your mind to be body positive.
LivLuna’s energy-filled fitness expert, Michelle, is all about health from the inside out. In our Dream Body video, she turns this concept on its head—can you imagine what your dream body feels like? Watch Michelle as she redefines SexyFit, demystifies Core Strength, and start feeling LivLunaFit!
Whether you’re working your mind or working your body, be sure to stock up on all the products you need to feel great by visiting our Birchbox Shop.
Some people remember playing with their grandmother’s cold cream or spritzing their mother’s Chanel No. 5. But my earliest product memories are of tingly peppermint Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap. We always packed an economy-sized bottle of the Dr. Bronner’s when we went on overnight sailing trips or vacations because it was the ultimate do-it-all: shampoo, body wash, hand sudser, and more.
Recently, I discovered what might be my new vacation staple: Davine’s Authentic Cleansing Nectar. Unlike Dr. Bronner’s, which, truth be told, could be a little harsh, this wash has essential oils to moisturize. It left my hair slippery and shiny, and has a fresh, unisex scent. And, since it’s a two-in-one, it qualifies as a practical - definitely a win-win purchase.