Category Archives: FIT + SWEAT

Jane Iredale Skin Supplements: Ingestible Beauty

September 10, 2017

The optimal balance between beauty and wellness

 jane iredale – THE SKINCARE MAKEUP has a spanking new complete range of nutritional beauty supplements to support skin health. Oh! And totally affordable.

Cutting through the hype to create beauty supplements of exceptional quality and efficacy, the research-backed, ethically sourced ingredients perform at the very core of your skin, where topical creams can’t reach, leaving skin clearer, brighter, smoother and more youthful looking.

The new range of supplements launch this month and are the first step in an effective skincare routine by targeting specific skin concerns while supporting overall skin health.

Take a peek at

Skin Omegas – ideal for dry skin.

Skin Vitamin A – ideal for oily skin

Skin Antioxidant – ideal for skin protection

Skin Accumax – ideal for acneic skin

jane iredale Skin Omegas

 ($47 single pack,

Made from premium, highly purified omega-3 fish oil and omega-6 from evening primrose oil, Skin Omegas helps maintain skin integrity and a healthy lipid layer for a smooth, luminous complexion.

jane iredale Skin Antioxidant

 ($50 single pack,

Formulated with seven super antioxidant phytonutrients found in plants.

Antioxidants help to protect and repair the skin, which keeps it looking younger for longer. The phytonutrients in Skin Antioxidant are especially effective since they are enhanced with beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A.

jane iredale Skin Accumax

 ($65.80 single pack,

Combines vitamins A and C with DIM, a highly-active phytonutrient found in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. This holistic formula is easily absorbed by the body, and is designed to clear all types of acne and improve overall the health of the skin from the inside out. Results show Skin Accumax helps to clear acne breakouts as early as ten to twelve weeks.



jane iredale Skin Complete


This duo pack is a combination of two premium supplements that promote healthy skin: Skin Vitamin A and Skin Antioxidant. They are available as a pack together, or separately.

This week I just started these two below – I’ll let you know how I do!!

Skin Complete is the first step in any good skincare regimen. Suitable for all skin types, this duo pack is a combination of two premium supplements that promote healthy skin: Skin Vitamin A and Skin Antioxidant. They are available as a pack together, or separately.

Skin Antioxidant – A skincare supplement suggested for all skin types. Skin Antioxidant is formulated with seven super antioxidant phytonutrients found in plants. The skin is bombarded with damaging free radicals day and night; everything from airborne toxins to any source of light, including your computer screen. Antioxidants help to protect and repair the skin, which keeps it looking younger for longer.* The phytonutrients in Skin Antioxidant are especially effective since they are enhanced with beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A. One capsule daily with food is recommended.

Skin Vitamin A – A skincare supplement suggested for all skin types. Skin Vitamin A contains vitamin A enriched with vitamin D. Vitamin A is important to cell production and growth. It also stimulates the cells responsible for the skin’s firm and healthy tissue and so is known as the anti-aging vitamin.* Vitamin D optimizes the skin’s immune system and helps to destroy free radicals that can cause premature aging.* By supplementing with Skin Vitamin A, you will help nourish your skin from the inside. Each capsule contains optimum levels in an easily absorbable form. One capsule a day with food is recommended.

Skin Accumax is a nutritional supplement designed to promote healthy skin in order to help clear non-cystic acne and improve problem skin in general.

Suitable for all skin types, it works from the inside to improve the quality of skin throughout the body.* Scientists have blended a specific combination of vitamins with diindolylmethane (DIM), a phytonutrient identified in cruciferous vegetables.

This precise concentration of active ingredients has a powerful effect on the health and look of the skin.* For maximum benefits, four capsules a day with food is recommended for a minimum of 14 weeks.

Not Suitable for:

  • Women who are pregnant
  • Anyone planning pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding mothers
  • People under 16 years of age
  • Those under medical supervision. It is important to consult a doctor before use.

Not tested on animals. Manufactured in the UK to certified Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) regulations. FDA registered.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

Read our Skin Accumax frequently asked questions

Gym Bag Beauty Essentials from ERBAVIA: Organic Deodorant

August 30, 2017

Erbaviva Jasmine & Grapefruit Organic Deodorant

YUM!!! A highly effective blend of organic essential oils reduces perspiration and naturally fights underarm bacteria. UM YES PLEASE!!

It combines quickly evaporating organic grain alcohol with organic extracts of jasmine, cypress, ginger and grapefruit oils, offering a fragrant and effective mist of safe and pure bacterial and odor protection.

Hero Ingredients:

·         Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil

·         Organic Sage Essential Oil

·         Organic Grain Alcohol

Price: $26.00, available online via 

And do check out all their other goodies!! SO MANY GOODIES!

Simples Tonics and Apothecary

August 28, 2017


Simples are concentrated plant tonics, made with nourishing herbs that are brewed over a period of hours to extract the maximum amount of vitamins, minerals and constituents.

“Simples” means using a single herb or plant in a medicinal way. When beginning to explore the world of plant medicine, traditional herbalism holds that it is best to start with them one at a time to fully experience the taste, the essence, and the benefit of a single plant.

In the shop, they hand brew eight of these Simples to support and encourage this exploration.

Our eight Simples represent a broad spectrum of traditional herbal remedies, each selected for their high nutritional profiles, their tonic effect, and their wide use and proven safety.

What are nourishing herbs?

Nourishing herbs are a category of plants made up primarily of weeds, or common wild plants that are deeply nourishing as they are full of bio- available nutrients which our bodies can easily assimilate. They all contain abundant amounts of vitamins, minerals and healing compounds, and are the primary source of medicine in folk herbalism. Nourishing herbs are time tested, widely used and completely safe.

When someone consumes these nourishing plants, prepared as Simples, over time incredible healing takes place. The body soaks in the abundant nourishment and a sense of vitality, health and wellbeing is restored and supported.

What is a weed?

Weeds are hardy plants, fast growing and naturally strong competitors. They can thrive in even the harshest conditions and contain an unsurpassed powerhouse of vitamins and minerals.  They are a readily available, sustainable food source for the planet. At Simples we love to work with these plants for this very reason, they build strength and resilience in those who consume them and since they are such an abundant and concentrated food source, utilizing them leaves very little environmental footprint.

What kind of herbalists are you?

Behind Simples are herbalists whose work is rooted in traditional folk medicine practices, cultivating a deep relationship with the plants.  Everyone who works at Simples either brewing, bottling or helping you choose a tonic or an apothecary item has several years of study and experience.

What is a tonic?

A tonic rejuvenates and restores all systems of the body, promoting overall good health and balance. They fortify and nourish creating resilience, vigor and wellbeing. Tonics are agents that work cumulatively and support long-term health benefits, and with prolonged use encourage graceful aging and longevity.

What is the difference between Simples tonics and herbal tea?

Most of the nutritional components of medicinal herbs and plants come from their different flavonoids, alkaloids, vitamins and minerals. For humans to assimilate this nutrition some parts are water-soluble where some use different menstruums, such as alcohol, vinegars and oil. So while both tea and Simples rely on water extraction, teas are steeped for short periods of time and extract a less potent medicinal dose.  A Simples tonic uses a much higher quantity of plant material, and steeps covered for a long period of time, resulting in a dense and powerful serving of plant nutrition. At Simples our tonics are brewed daily by hand as infusions to extract the maximum amount of nutrition and health benefits.

How are Simples made?

Using the highest quality water that is completely chemical and fluoride free and organic plant material,  each batch is hand brewed daily in prayer with intention. All of this happens in house where the infusions then steep over a period of hours to next be bottled and served fresh to you.

What water do we use?

Understanding that water is a vital part of this process we have searched for the cleanest, best tasting water in which to brew our Simples. We use a PristineHydro water revival filter system. This “produces water that is 100% acid free, chemical free, fluoride free, high alkaline pH, structured and properly mineralized with a high magnesium bicarbonate content”

Where do we source our plants?

We only work with organic plant material that is sourced as locally as possible using ethical farming standards and following the laws of nature. Within this rhythm comes times of limited availability or seasonal restrictions, we use these times as platforms for inspiration to use what is abundant and available.

Do they taste good?

There’s obviously a little bias here. We are head over heels in love with these plants and enjoy each of their unique flavors, as there is a lot of information about the healing properties in their tastes.  Some Simples are slightly sweet or perfumed, some grassy, some are slightly bitter, but the taste and flavor is a critical key and aspect of their healing nature, which is why we suggest exploring them individually. We feel confident that one of our eight will suit your palette and our staff can help educate and direct you towards the best one for that moment. We also offer certain herbal boosters that can enhance the flavor and medicinal benefits of your beverage.

Can you drink too much?

The nourishing plants we have chosen to share with you are exploding with nutrition and by definition safe, mild, and in no way poisonous. These plants work cumulatively so the more the better. Warning. Once you begin to feel the energy and vitality that comes with deep nourishment, you will become addicted. And that’s good for you!

Can I drink if I’m pregnant or nursing? 

In the world of pregnancy it is important that the mother feel confident, supported, and safe. With this in mind always check with your physician first, as none of the information we provide is intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. What we can share is what has been learned through study, research and also from personal experience. These plants provide such a powerhouse of nutrition that we believe they are an incredible supplement to feed a growing baby and nurture a tired momma. Our founder relied on Nettle, and Red Raspberry leaf throughout her pregnancy and credits them with a healthy pregnancy and efficient delivery. But again, everyone is different so check with doctor, and make the choice that’s right for you.

How do I have access to these plants if I don’t live in Los Angeles?

Right now prepared Simples are only available at the store in Santa Monica.Simples will ship many plant vinegars, tinctures and herbal medicines from the Simples Apothecary, which is another great way to incorporate these plants into your daily regimen.

Simples is also working on a home brewing kit, so watch for that coming soon.  We also suggest checking  This is a great source of information on making your own tonics and other herbal medicines as well as a great place to purchase high quality, organic plant material.

For more information about Simples Tonics & Apothecary please visit or follow us on FACEBOOK @simplestonics & INSTAGRAM @simplestonics.


The Game Changer

Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, nettle is natures multi-vitamin. Green and rich in earthy flavor, nettle is a great source of vitamins A, B complex, and C, as well as chlorophyll, calcium, iron and zinc. This potent plant is an ideal daily tonic for optimal health and nourishment. Nettle also supports the adrenals and strengthens the body’s response to stress, so it is a perfect restorative to those with busy lives.  Supporting the body through all kinds of stressors, both physical and emotional, nettle is a great choice for athletic recovery, recharging the body and supporting joint health.


The Chill Pill

Oatstraw brings sweetness of all kinds as it delivers it’s payload of healing nutrition to the human body.  A soothing nervine, loaded with B vitamins and essential minerals, Oatstraw also contains more magnesium than any other plant. This contributes to its ability to balance hormones and soothe frazzled nerves. It not only eases tension in the moment but also overtime has the ability to restore the nervous system, reinstating emotional balance.



The Hug

The most tender of trees, graceful, and calm, Linden is fantastic for opening the heart and soothing the soul.  It’s abundance of phytonutrients and antioxidants support its traditional use as a digestive aid, encouraging proper digestion and eliminating digestive discomfort. But we especially love Linden for it’s calming and slightly sedating action. This tonic is wonderful for anxiety, tension headaches, and sleep disorders. Soft and silky in taste, these nourishing flowers and stems are a delightful way to brighten a cloudy day.



 The Superhero

Fiery and tart, this stimulating berry is nature’s cure all. Going where it is needed, this adoptogen is an overall health tonic, restoring and balancing whatever systems need support.  Schisandra provides a powerful energy and mental clarity boost without the jitters of coffee and is a great choice when mental focus is required. Taken over time its benefits accumulate and physical and mental stamina are increased. But most people know schisandra as a beauty tonic as it tonifies all systems of the body including the skin.



The Fortifier

A familiar neighborhood weed, packing far more than a wishful puff, this healing root reinforces strength from the deep reserves of our body. With an impressive and balanced nutritional profile, including high amounts of iron, protein, Vitamin A, and manganese, it’s no accident this delicate blossom can break through concrete. A wonderful detoxifier and strength builder, dandelion helps us combat the ill effects of a toxic environment and overindulgence in its ability to support the liver and kidneys. Take daily for the strength to break through the concrete blocks in your life.



The Star

Cooling and regenerating, this powerful plant contains a dazzling array of bioavailable nutrition.  Although a wonderful tonic for everyday use, Chickweed’s ability to rebuild makes it a wonderful choice for anyone recovering from injury, illness or weakness of any kind.  This little star also packs a beauty punch, balancing metabolism,  and supporting the thyroid.



The Purifier

Known as a bitter, but with a sweetness of taste, this purifying root works to detoxify the blood and the bowel while delivering a dense supply of iron, magnesium and thiamine. Due to its mucilaginous properties, burdock helps prevent the absorption of toxins in the bowel, creating cleaner blood and beautiful skin. Burdock is a great choice for overall body cleansing and purification. While you feel burdock’s benefit initially, with long term use, the results are fully realized.



 The Elevator

Gentle, and soothing, this precious Bulgarian rose water embodies the essence of thousands of roses. At once uplifting and calming, rose balances our mood and nourishes our soul. As the highest vibrational plant on the planet, the delicate rose intoxicates us with her fabled aroma, power and beauty. As an esteemed, heart opener, mood lifter and aphrodisiac, no wonder the rose is the symbol of love.


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New Wellness Program Promises a Path to Blissful Living Amidst Chaos and Mind Detox for Fall

August 26, 2017

Rock Your Bliss, founded by two of the nations best yoga teachers and transformational life coaches, Mary Beth LaRue (Based in LA) and Jacki Carr (Based in Denver) founded their company with the goal of providing women with easy tools that are accessible for a community of like-minded individuals. Through retreats and online workshops, Rock Your Bliss provides an inviting space for women to experience transformational change, find their true purpose, and tap into the mind body connection. Their methods utilize successful, proven tools and strategies aligned with purpose based coaching. 

As the Fall season approaches, an optimal time to shed that which no longer serves us, making space for new ways of being, and harvesting that which we have worked for during the Spring/Summer,  we thought this could be a great time to introduce your readers to their new 7 Weeks to Bliss program, which is launching this September. 

7 weeks to bliss is an online program which provides found tools. insights, and guidance to help to channel your own blissful living. In a time full of chaos and confusion, this program is a relevant and accessible way for women around the country to attain tools to help them gain introspection and understanding, and develop concrete and measured actions for self care.


Mary Beth LaRue and Jacki Carr here, the co-Founders of Rock Your Bliss. We are a yoga-inspired coaching movement for the mind and body offering workshops, retreat and online programs on a global level. We are so excited to offer you our very own Seven Weeks to Bliss program. We created this offering so that you can experience our favorite tools, insights and inspiration from our own life practices and learnings. We are really grateful to have one another for support and accountability in blisscrafting and through this program you will have the same.

What’s Included in the Program?

+ A 24 page digital bliss workbook with weekly homework to cultivate and craft your bliss.

+ Weekly Rock Your Bliss videos in your inbox to share each week’s content.

+ A private Facebook Accountability group for resource sharing, community building and connection.

+ Weekly recorded conference calls on Monday eves with us LIVE to take the material deeper, together.

+  A 1 month access code to Mary Beth’s yoga classes on

+ A new set of tools and perspectives to rock your bliss, your way.



This week, we will dive into your roots, your home base and explore your values and soul. We will discover your inner GPS and explore the practice of living in alignment with our values.


This week, we will explore how you feel and what you choose to create. Everything has the potential to be expressed creatively and honestly. This expression is what makes you, you.


In this week, we will explore the ego and the power in knowing what you do want and what you do not want. Distinguishing between external power versus the power within, it can be beautifully quiet there.


This week we will journey to the heart. We will adventure into love in all forms, the giving and receiving.


In this section, we are talking communication. The ability to communicate is your bridge; how you convey your inside world to the outside world


Resistance creates more of the same but trying on a new perspective is a way to create your life moment to moment. Let’s dive into the future and go see your vision for your beautiful and blissed life.


When you lean into the present moment, get aligned in your body and fully trust that there is a greater connection at work, this is where you rock the bliss.


Join us this Fall for Rock Your Bliss: 7 Weeks to Bliss!

We start together on Monday, September 11, 2017 and registration is now open!

Mary Beth LaRue and Jacki Carr here, the co-Founders of Rock Your Bliss. We are a yoga-inspired coaching movement for the mind and body offering workshops, retreats and online programs on a global level. We are so excited to offer you the Seven Weeks to Bliss program. We created this offering so that you can experience our favorite tools, insights and inspiration from our own life practices and learnings. We are really grateful to have one another for support and accountability in blisscrafting and through this program you will have the same.

What You Can Expect:

+ An all access pass to weekly videos, bliss notes each Sunday in your inbox, and homework to expand the material and take the work deeper.

+ A custom 7 Weeks to Bliss workbook to follow along, take notes and journal.

+ A private Facebook Accountability group for resource sharing, inspiration and community connection.

+ Weekly LIVE conference calls with us to take the material deeper, together. Calls will be held on Monday evenings at 5pm PST (6pm MST, 7pm CST, 8pm EST) starting Monday, September 11. Again, we totally get you have lives, so we will press record and the recordings will be available each week!

+ A 1 month access code to Mary Beth’s online yoga classes.

+ A new set of tools and perspectives to rock your bliss your way.

REMINDER: You get what you give. The work will go as deeply as you do.

Together, we can listen in, speak up and learn from one another.

Commit fully to the next seven weeks as an investment into yourself and your bliss.


K+ Organics Healthy Sports Drinks For Kids? YEP!

August 23, 2017

Velana Colon got tired of seeing all the sugary drinks get fed to her kids after their sports game and finally had enough.  She and another family with a total of six kids came together to create something different and healthier for their young MVP’s and K+ Organics was born.  


K+ Organics is a new electrolyte sports drink with ONLY 14 grams of sugar per bottle (more than half of other leading brands) and no artificial preservatives, flavors, colors or sweeteners and is certified organic.  

I have to admit, I have occasionally ‘treat’ my kids to the chemical concoctions of crappy, sugar-free versions of sports drinks – ya know the kind, filled with hideous things I am too ashamed to spell out. I was so excited to try these healthy versions out on my kiddos (and my self!). Huge hit. We all loved them. They for sure look, taste and feel like sports drinks – sweet and refreshing in sporty bottles. My son especially luurrrveed them.

K+ Organics Founder, Velana Colon

K + Organics comes in three fun flavors: Fruit Punch, Orange and Lime and is available at Gelson’s and Bristol Farms in Southern California and can be purchased online at .

And don’t forget, adults can drink it too!!

More information can also be found at K+ Organics .