June 20, 2017

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Off the beaten path: '17 Summer travel destinations

Off the Beaten Path!
It's finally that time of the year: summer air filled you with wanderlust. Packing your bags, you head out to your favorite beach destination. It's the journey, you tell yourself, not the destination that matters. 

Nevertheless, there are destinations that simply call out to you. Places that are off the beaten path. Sights that you haven't seen before. 

Here's a list of summer destinations for this year. 

Bikepacking in Colorado:
Bikepacking
Embark on an off-road cycling adventure in the Kokopelli Trail, a 150 mile route connecting Colorado and Utah. With climbs and descents, it can be quite challenging but it is worth the effort. 

Eclipse watching in Wyoming:
Wyoming
With the total solar eclipse coming up on August 21 this year, plan a trip to Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Featuring a stunning landscape and very little light pollution, it is the perfect spot for viewing the eclipse. After the eclipse, indulge in a bit of hiking in the Yellowstone national park. 

Underwater diving in Costa Rica:
Costa Rica
Experience a different world by diving underwater at Cocos Island in Costa Rica. Called the 'most beautiful island in the world', it has an underwater population like no other, with hammerhead sharks, manta rays, dolphins and whales. 

Beach walking in Seychelles:
Beach
Consisting of 115 islands, Seychelles lies off the African coast with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Walk along the pristine white sands experiencing a sense of oneness with the universe. It's almost spiritual. 

Discovering sushi in Japan:
Japan
Instead of Osaka and Tokyo, head to the city of Kanazawa in Japan. It is known for its sushi delicacies and old wooden teahouses. For an authentic experience, look for a farmhouse to stay where you can live off nature and cook your own meal.

And don't forget your Aromaflage:
No travel plan is complete without an adequate supply of your favorite botanical insect repellent Aromaflage. Carry Aromaflage with you wherever you go for a bug-free and worry-free vacation. 
June 13, 2017

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Happy Father's Day


He watched in joy as you took your first steps. Taking you out to the park, he held your hand as you walked beside him. He bought you your first bicycle, and ran alongside you as you wobbled unsteadily attempting to learn how to ride without training wheels. When you turned sixteen, he gave you the keys to his car and sat beside you as you learned how to drive. 

He was your guide to the outside world.

This Father's Day, spend the day outdoors with your dad.

Go Fishing:

It was more than a decade ago. In the still waters of the lake, a father and his child sat in their boat, fishing rods in hand, waiting for a nibble. You learned the value of patience that day. 

Pick up your rods this father's day and head out to the waters. Enjoy some solitude together - let nature be your bond.

Go Camping:

It was in the middle of the night. As you sat in front of the fire, your father told you about the fearsome beasts that prowled in the shadows. Coyotes, wolves and bears. You had nothing to fear as long as he was around. In the morning, he showed you how to make those coals turn into a hot fire for bacon and eggs. To use a compass and map. To whittle with a swiss-army knife. To survive. 

Pack your bags and head out to the woods. You have stories to tell him now. Even if you rent a cabin, get out there together.

Go Golfing:

It was a rite of passage. For years you caddied for him, watching him as he played the gentleman's game. When you grew up and became a man, he gave you his favorite clubs. Now, it's a pleasure to get out there and compete together.

Challenge him to a game. There can only be room for one champion in your family!

Go Wild:

Gift your father Aromaflage Wild, a natural insect repellent and botanical fragrance that reminds him of the woods. It smells like the great outdoors and adventure. Let the memories linger.
June 06, 2017

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Dressing up for a Bug-Free Summer

It's summer...well, close to it! Previously, we discussed DIY summer projects for your home. Let's now take a look at summer fashion that's tailored to the bug season.

While making travel plans for the season, remember to pack appropriate clothing. Bug-free clothing doesn't have to be unfashionable. Here are some tips on looking good while staying bug-free outdoors.

Color Camouflage:

Mosquitoes are known to be attracted to dark colors. It's because dark colors (e.g., black/blue) stand out more.

Opt for lighter shades during the summer. Neutral colors are also advisable. It might not keep the bugs away completely but it can help in reducing the number of bites, and heat absorption.

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Fabric Armor:

Tightly-woven fabrics can work as a physical shield preventing mosquitoes from biting you. However, most fabrics like these might not be suitable for the higher temperatures of summer.

Go for lighter fabrics like tightly-woven cotton that work well during these warmer months.

 

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Clothing Defense:

Loose-fitting clothing can help in reducing the possibility of mosquito bites. Creating a gap between the cloth and your skin, loose-fitting clothing ensures that mosquitoes cannot reach the skin easily.

Loose-fitting clothing also helps keep you cool in humid conditions, making it smart summer-wear.

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Hot Spots:

Mosquitoes are known to be attracted to parts of the body which have blood vessels close to the surface like ears, wrists and ankles.

Wear tops with long sleeves to keep your wrists covered and protected.

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Socks can be used as fashion accessories while also covering your ankles.

 

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Protect your ears and neck with hats and scarves.

 


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Fragrant Aura:

Complete your summer ensemble with a fragrance that keeps the mosquitoes away. Instead of using chemical repellents, try Aromaflage, a botanical fragrance and insect repellent.

Aromaflage comes in two editions: Classic and Wild. Wear it for a bug-free summer.

May 30, 2017

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Hello June - DIY Summer Projects For Your Home

Hello June - Aromaflage

Yes, the time has come: spring turns into summer. There is a fresh warmth in the air. If spring heralds the beginning of outdoor season, summer celebrates it.

It's time to get your house summer-ready.

Prepare the Patio:

Since you're hopefully going to be spending a lot of time outdoors entertaining friends and family, try to prepare a unique seating and standing area for your guests. Add a cozy atmosphere to the outdoor entertaining area with a wooden patio.

Aromaflage Patio

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Let There be Light:

Make pathways in your garden that can be visible at night. Maybe even add a little special spray paint to the stepping stones with glow in the dark paint!

Aromaflage Lighted Path

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Up your Movie Game:

Try using an outdoor projector, large screen and a sound system.

Aromaflage Movie Screen

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De-bug your Yard:

It's also bug season. Mosquitoes and other bugs are unwelcome visitors at your outdoor parties (but keep those dragonflies around as they are friends).

Use Aromaflage for a natural mosquito repellent that also doubles up as a botanical fragrance. Keep Aromaflage handy for your guests and enjoy a bug-free summer experience.

Aromaflage 10ml

Picnic Season: Baskets, Blankets & Bug-Free

Picnic Season: baskets, blankets, & bug free

The land bursts with color. There's the warm yellow of the morning sun, the verdant green of the grass and the earthy brown of the soil. Picnic season has arrived.

That also means it's bug season unfortunately. Mosquitoes and other unwelcome visitors wreak havoc at picnics and cookouts. That's no reason, however, to avoid outdoor parties. Here's how you can stay bug-free this season.

Fan out:

Mosquitoes are weak fliers and a steady airflow can keep them at bay. Put up fans to clear mosquitoes out of the area.

Depending on the type of outdoor party, you can use a floor fan, table fan or even a box fan.

Light right:

Light attracts bugs. The veranda lights at your cookout can bring in a lot more bugs than you expect.

Bug lights help in keeping the bug population low during outdoor parties. Using bulbs that emit a yellow tinted light, bug lights don't kill or repel bugs but merely attract a lesser number of bugs in comparison to other lights.

Trap & zap:

Bug zappers use ultraviolet light to attract bugs and then kill them with a low voltage current. However, bug zappers are more effective in attracting and killing other kinds of insects and not so much in the case of mosquitoes.

Cover up:

While it's tempting to put on your summer clothes during the picnic season, the areas of exposed skin are prone to get bitten by mosquitoes. Since the feet are especially vulnerable, wear socks to prevent bites.

Spray safe:

In addition to these precautions, use Aromaflage to stay bug-free. Aromaflage and Aromaflage Wild are botanical insect repellents that are effective alternatives to DEET and Citronella. Creating a shield around your skin, Aromaflage repels mosquitoes and other bugs.

Aromaflage also functions as a botanical fragrance making it the perfect companion for the picnic season.

May 16, 2017

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The allure of al fresco dining & fresh scents

Aromaflage Al Fresco

Outdoor season is upon us. Dining al fresco, surrounded by lush gardens and lovely views, has a charm of its own. The scents of nature enhance our experience and freshness is in the air.

Blend in with nature with your favorite natural fragrance.

Aromaflage:

During summer’s balmy days, you often put on your hat and shades to head out to a seaside restaurant. As you anticipate the seasonal delicacies, you look forward to experiencing divine, fresh flavors. “Let’s hear the specials,” you ask excitedly.

Aromaflage is the scent of summer in a bottle. Cedar wood, orange and vanilla. It rouses you. You feel alive.

Aromaflage Wild:

In the mellow days of spring, you step out into the patio of the restaurant. It's surrounded by a lush garden with a view of the streets below. It’s salad season, you decide. You lean into your salad and take a deep breath. The aroma takes you over. It reminds you of the Mediterranean.

Aromaflage Wild. It's a woodsy and spicy fragrance. It fills you with the explorer's spirit.

Aromaflage Sleep:

In the tranquil nights of autumn, you lie under the stars. You hear the trees rustling in the wind around you as their leaves begin to turn bright, magnificent colors. It's camping season and it's time for dinner around the fire.

Aromaflage Sleep. It's a blend of French lavender, Brazilian rose and Madagascar vanilla.

Experience the best sleep you've had in years and wake up rejuvenated.

Bon appétit!

AROMAFLAGE® - April Showers Bring May Flowers!

The sights, sounds, and scents of spring and summer:

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. The daffodils begin to fade and the dahlias begin to bloom, signifying the moment when spring meets summer.

It's the beauty of the seasons that inspires you. To write. To travel.

Spring:

Spring clears the winter skies and welcomes the warmth of the sun. As if on cue, Nature emerges from her slumber and the colors of spring spread across the land. 'Tis the season to be... outdoors.

Breathe in as you walk through the woods. After a mellow winter, you feel life rushing through your body. The fragrance is invigorating. It's a blend of morning dew, bark, and the earth.

Take the fragrance with you, everywhere you go. With notes of spruce and cedar wood and an infusion of cardamom, it's woodsy and spicy.

Aromaflage Wild:

Pair your fragrance with your spring ensemble. Scarves, jackets, leggings and boots.

Aromaflage Wild

Summer:

Summer follows spring, bringing the glory of the sun and brightening the skies. The flowers look sunward, bathing in the warmth. The land is bustling with life.Travel the world to experience different summers. Across North America, the Mediterranean and the Tropics. It's diverse, like life.

Travel the world to experience different summers. Across North America, the Mediterranean and the Tropics. It's diverse, like life.

Take the scent of summer with you, everywhere you go. With notes of cedar wood, exotic orange, and silken vanilla, it's a sweet, tropical scent.

Aromaflage:

Pair your fragrance with your summer ensemble. Tank tops, shorts, sunglasses, and sandals.
Aromaflage

April 24, 2017

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Where Does Your Wellness Begin?

Getting A Good Night's Sleep

From Healthy Diets to Sleep Fragrances: Our 12 tips on getting a good night’s sleep

Does it always seem like that there just aren't enough hours in the day? We attempt to balance our work, our family, and our hobbies and we're left enough with barely enough time for sleep – and oftentimes it’s restless distracted.

Missing out on quality sleep affects us more than we think. It can result in low energy levels thereby negatively affecting mood and thus productivity. Long term, sleeplessness may cause serious medical issues.

So, how does one ensure a good night's sleep?

STACK THE CHIPS!

1) Reset your Body Clock

The body clock, or circadian rhythm, follows a 24-hour cycle, telling us when we need to sleep and wake up every day (We have been training for this cycle for our entire lives). Our clock responds to light and darkness, hence exposure to artificial light at night can interfere with the rhythm. (PUT YOUR PHONES DOWN!)

2) Set a Bed Time

Do your best to go to bed with some consistency and in time, your body clock will begin to adjust to your new schedule (You’re disciplined with eating and working out, right? Sleep can take similar scheduling).

3) Don't Oversleep

Sleeping in on weekends can worsen the problem. Stick to your sleep schedule even on weekends and catch up on lost sleep by napping during the day. Painful to hear, we know, but you’ll feel better for it.

4) Get the Right Light

As light and darkness can influence the functioning of your body clock, it is important to control the amount of light you are exposed to at night. Even TVs can trick our minds…all light, be cognizant of it.

5) Daylight

Ensure that you get a healthy amount of sunlight or natural light during the day – try to get outside for at least 15 minutes/day. A dark environment during the day can confuse your body clock and may hurt your eyes.

6) Darkness

At night, ensure that you reduce your exposure to artificial light. Avoid using devices like your phone, computer, and television before bed time. Also, ensure that your bedroom is sufficiently dark and at a comfortable temperature – we like it in the lower-mid 60s and as pitch black as we get make it.

7) Eat Healthy

A healthy diet can work wonders. Avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine as much as possible and try not to binge on sugar before bedtime – digesting takes work that can leave you feeling bloated and tired. Eat moderately at dinnertime and avoid oily and spicy foods.

8) De-stress

If you experience stress, it can affect the quality of your sleep. Try techniques like meditation and yoga to de-stress before bedtime. Simple breathing techniques go a long way. You can also try reading a book, taking a long, comforting bath and listening to music to relax and get in the right mood for a good night's sleep.

9) Make Yourself Comfortable

The quality of your sleep largely depends on your sleep environment. Set up an environment that is optimal for uninterrupted sleep. Park that phone for the evening, outside the bedroom, if you can.

10) Reduce Noise

Make sure that there are external sources of noise like traffic or loud neighbors. In case you find yourself living in an area where you cannot reduce external noise, invest in a good pair of earplugs. We love swimmer’s ear plugs made from wax.

11) Get a Comfortable Bed

The most important part of your sleep environment is the bed and mattress. Invest in a good bed and mattress to ensure uninterrupted sleep. A good mattress can last a lifetime.

12) Use Sleep Fragrance

Sleep fragrances like Aromaflage Botanical Sleep Fragrance can induce sleep, ensuring that you wake up the next day feeling rejuvenated. It is also completely natural and free of harmful chemicals. We love ours and use it daily! Try it out today!

6 Bedtime Habits for Better Sleep

6 Bedtime Habits for Better Sleep

Our Guide to Getting the Best Sleep of Your Life!

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Contributing author:
Megan Thompson of Rocky Mountain Essentials

Okay so given the fact that we live in a techno world that never sleeps (nowadays many services and even some restaurants are open 24/7), it’s kind of hard NOT to have trouble sleeping.

There may also be other issues at play such as, among others, the quality of your mattress, the temperature of your bedroom, or the fact that your partner’s snoring sounds like a motorcycle engine revving up. Whatever the reason(s) for bad sleeping habits, we are here offer a few productive tips to get you back on a healthy, sleep-like-a-rock, routine.

There are a many simple adjustments you can start incorporating into your routine to help you get better quality snooze time. Today we will highlight 6 simple bedtime habits that will help promote a better night’s sleep.

6 Habits for Better Sleep…let the deep Zzz’s commence 

#1 Stop Screen Time Before Bed

If you take your phone into your bedroom at night (who hasn’t?), it’s a great idea to stop that addiction right now. The same goes for televisions in the bedroom. Electronic devices just aren’t beneficial for our sleep cycles, and learning to banish them from the bedroom is one of the best habits you can pick up in order to promote more restful sleep. If you don’t believe us, you can go ahead and check out this study, which shows that light which stimulates our eyes after sunset inhibits the production of melatonin, the very thing we need more of to sleep more soundly.

#2 Iron Out any Problems You Have With Your Partner – or others

We are not talking about the tiffs and hang-ups that are a natural occurrence in any relationship, but rather the idea of one partner keeping the other awake at night. Couples that sleep in the same bed may move around a lot at night, which can disturb your sleep even though these movements might be minuscule. The biggest hurdle here is ensuring that your bed is actually big enough to allow both of you to sleep as comfortably as possible. 

#3 Create and Stick to a Sleep Schedule (Much easier said than done, but worth a try)

Sleep schedules were strictly invented to help babies sleep through the night, or to help toddlers transition off their daytime naps. The truth is that we all need solid sleep schedules, schedules that are easy to stick to. Make sure you get to bed early during weeknights, since trying to catch up on lost sleep over weekends may actually be harmful to your health in the long run. Love thy body.

 

#4 Try Pre-Bed Workouts (different levels of rigor may do the opposite)

Sure, working up a sweat on a daily basis does help you get better sleep, but may people do not have time to fit in a daily exercise routine (no better time that now to implement that discipline). By incorporating a quick 10 minute pre-bed workout routine into your daily schedule, you will be ensuring that your muscles are relaxed (even stretching helps, especially yoga), which will help your mind drift off to la-la land sans issues. Just make sure that you are not doing any overly strenuous exercises, since that will likely have the opposite effect to what you are trying to achieve. Routines that include moves similar to Pilates or yoga should work perfectly.

 

#5 Meditate for Better Sleep (Wooo-Saahhhh)

Meditation before bed can help you get rid stress that has built up during the day, and it may also greatly improve the quality of your sleep. Some people do not dig the idea of mediation, which is fine. If you are not a meditator, try some other relaxing techniques such as deep breathing or writing in a journal – data dump. The whole idea here is to create a space and time where you can reflect on the day and get yourself to a higher level of awareness. It may take a little bit of practice, but even scribbling can help you switch off and drift peacefully off to dreamland. See how to meditate here: https://goldmountainbeauty.com/blogs/news/tips-for-deepening-your-meditation-practice

 

#6 Stop Eating a Few Hours Before Bed

Getting up for something to eat in the night (hello, midnight feasts!) or even grabbing a snack on your way to the bedroom can be seriously tempting, but if you are keen on getting in some good quality sleep (and keeping those abs tight), just skip the idea altogether. The big problem is that we often consume foods that are very high in sugar when we crave a snack, and we ALL know what sugar does to our sleep quality.

 

Final Thoughts – A little discipline goes a long way

Creating new bedtime habits can be a challenging idea to get to grips with initially, but at the end of the day, it will all be worth it once you start reaping those sweet rewards. Remember that all good things take time to work and it’s okay if you find it hard to commit to all of these in one go. Take it step by step, and never forget the bigger picture (long term health and happiness). We hope that you have enjoyed reading these tips and tricks, and that you’re now ready to start a brave new adventure and finally conquer the sleep issues that have been keeping the best you suppressed all this time!

 

June 17, 2016

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The Benefits of Nutraceuticals and Home Remedies

Title: The Benefits of Nutraceuticals and Home Remedies

Description: Nutraceuticals and home remedies have become increasingly popular. Learn more about the benefits of naturally-derived supplements and ingredients!

 In recent decades, we’ve made major advances in healthcare. However, during this same time we have seen an increase in the number of people who seek out, and use, natural treatment options. One reason for this increase is that consumers have become more savvy about the products they use, and the ingredients they contain, the demand for naturally-derived products and remedies has risen greatly.

Are you curious to learn more about what nutraceuticals and home remedies are, and the benefits of using them?

 

What are nutraceuticals

Perhaps you’ve heard the term nutraceuticals before, but aren’t entirely sure what it means. Basically, a nutraceutical is any food, ingredient, or supplement that provides specific medical or health benefits. Nutraceuticals can provide our bodies with more than just nutrition, and are derived from natural sources.

 

What are home remedies

Used by people of all walks of life for centuries, home remedies use common household ingredients to treat or cure certain diseases or ailments. By mixing the right quantities of specific ingredients, people have been treating ailments ranging from headaches to skin conditions without the use of conventional medicine. As with choosing any healthcare treatment, you should take the time to research your options in advance.

 

Now that you know a little bit more about nutraceuticals and home remedies, let’s explore some of the benefits:

 

Know what you’re using.

So many products today contain an alarming number of artificial ingredients, and many consumers are rightfully concerned about what they might be ingesting. With naturally-derived supplements and home remedies, consumers can see exactly what they are taking and know where the ingredients came from.

 

Affordable and Accessible

The ever-rising cost of conventional medicine continues to be an issue for many people. One of the major benefits of nutraceuticals and home remedies is that they are typically quite affordable, and easy to access for most people. This makes them a convenient option for anyone hoping to treat common ailments from home. Many home remedies can be creating using ingredients you probably already have on-hand, and a few companies are committed to producing high-quality nutraceuticals that help improve quality of life.

 

Efficacy.

Natural remedies have been around for many years, and for good reason! Modern science has proven the health and wellness benefits of many naturally-derived ingredients.

If you’re ready to start using nutraceuticals and home remedies, you can begin by researching your options and consulting your doctor. You may also want to reach out to family or friends for recommendations.

Thanks to our guest contributor, Marina Manopella, for sharing her thoughts and opinions on our blog, 

To health, long life, and living naturally,

Mikey & Momo

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