August 22, 2017

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8 Items to Pack For the Perfect Hike

8 Items to Pack For the Perfect Hike
There's nothing more fun, invigorating, and relaxing (afterwards!) than a hike. It's a great way to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors. Before you plan your next hiking trip, take a look at this list to make sure you've got everything you need (always be prepared):
1. Reusable Water Bottle with Filter
Hiking can be an intense and draining workout. It's important to stay hydrated, especially if you're hiking in a warm climate. Pack a reusable water bottle so you can fill it up wherever you go, and you won't be harming the environment by using plastic bottles! Look for a bottle with a filter so you know you're drinking the cleanest water. Make sure the water source is clean and using one of these never hurts: Lifestraw.
2. Sunscreen
Even though this should be a staple in your morning skincare routine, wearing sunscreen on hikes can help protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. UV rays can damage your skin in a number of ways, like causing skin cancer, sun spots, and premature aging. Make sure to reapply as necessary.
3. First Aid Kit
It's always great to be prepared, and having a first aid kit handy on a hike can help in many situations. Look for kits that include: bandaids, antibiotic/anti-itch creams, hand sanitizer, aspirin, cold compresses, gauze, tape, and a pair of small scissors. Better safe than sorry!
4. Energizing Snacks
Not only is it important to hydrate during a hike, but it's also important to eat foods that will fuel your body and keep you going. On average, hiking can burn up to 400 calories an hour, so look for nonperishable foods packed with protein and carbs for energy. Try energy bars, granola, dried fruit, chocolate, and nut butters. 
5. Portable Phone Charger(s)
If you're looking to use your phone's GPS or compass during a hike, remember to keep the battery life full. Portable chargers are an easy way to ensure your phone won't die when you need it most. Best practice is to downloads all maps of the hiking areas prior to venturing out just in case you have no reception from the tree canopy.
6. A Whistle
Whether you're hiking alone or with friends, it's important to always have a safety plan. Hand out whistles before the hike starts. They can be heard from long distances away and can easily be strapped to your backpack for convenience.
7. Flashlight (with extra batteries, or even better, solar powered)
Although most people tend to use their phone's flashlight, in a dark forest at night, that won't do you much good. The best flashlights to use for a hike are military grade or long-lasting flashlights. You can also purchase some that tie around your head for hand-free usage.
8. Aromaflage
Last but not least: the best way to protect yourself from those pesky mosquitoes. These bugs thrive in areas with ponds and lakes and can transmit a number of illnesses. Spray some Aromaflage before heading out and enjoy your hike! Enjoy and live your life to the fullest.
July 20, 2017

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8 Summer Beach Essentials

8 Summer Essentials to Bring to the Beach:
After a long week at the office, what's better than driving down to the beach and soaking up the summer sun? While you're packing your cute swimsuit and shades, don't forget these 8 beach essentials:
1. Tanning oil with SPF over 45
The most important thing you can bring to the beach is protection. SPF helps protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays, which can cause skin cancer as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Although most people opt for products with a high SPF, you really only need about 45. Try looking for a tanning oil with an SPF of 45 so you get protection as well as a sunkissed glow.
2. Lip Balm with SPF
If you're protecting the rest of your body, why not protect your lips? The hot sun and salty ocean can leave your lips feeling dry and cracked. Moisturize and keep those lips kissably soft with the lip balm of your choice. Just look for SPF on the packaging.
3. Reusable Water Bottle
It's so important to stay hydrated at the beach. Whether it's tanning under the beaming sun or going for a swim under the waves, your body needs to refuel. Pack a reusable water bottle. This will allow you to fill it up as many times as you please, plus you'll be helping the earth by not using plastic bottles! It's a win-win.
4. Non-Perishable Foods
As important it is to stay hydrated, it's also important to fuel your body with good foods. Although cold cut sandwiches are a staple for many at the beach, bringing non-perishable food items will save you from dragging along that heavy cooler. Try bringing chopped veggies, pb&js, or trail mix. All of these will give you lasting energy without needing refrigeration.
5. Waterproof Beach Bag
Of course, all these things need to go in something. Bringing a waterproof beach bag ensures your bag and belongings won't get damaged. Peace of mind while you're having fun!
6. Waterproof Phone Case
If you love the look of underwater photos, try out a waterproof phone case. It's perfect for taking awesome shots at the beach or pool and you'll get some serious likes on your Instagram. 
7. Portable Charger
After all those cool photos are taken, your phone gives up on you. With a portable charger, this won't be a problem. Looking for an outlet while you're trying to enjoy your beach day can be a damper. With portable chargers, you can just plug them into your phone and carry on with the endless underwater pics.
8. Aromaflage Purser
Finally, protect yourself from pesky bugs and smell great while doing it. Add a bit of Aromaflage before laying out. Your family will thank you.
July 04, 2017

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5 Foods to Avoid At Your Fourth of July BBQ

Fourth of July is coming up, and you know what that means: more BBQs than you can count. For most of us, this holiday usually consists of greasy burgers, tons of carbs, and too many beers that'll leave you feeling bloated and sluggish. Contrary to popular belief, it is totally possible to enjoy a BBQ with some healthier choices that don't include excessive calories and fat. Here's a list of 5 foods to avoid at your next Fourth of July BBQ:
1. Beans
Whether they're canned, baked, or refried, beans are the go-to side for any classic BBQ bash. Even though they're super delicious and full of protein, beans cause bloating and, dare I say it, gas. This can cause a lot of discomfort, especially for people with sensitive stomachs. Just in case you can't resist that chili with extra beans, try eating foods with probiotics, like yogurt, which help to de-bloat. 
2. Red Meat/Processed Meats
This one might offend some people. There's nothing better than firing up the grill and cooking up some juicy steaks and hot dogs for the holiday. However, eating red meat has been linked to a number of diseases, such as heart disease and kidney failure, not to mention the high risk of e. coli. Hot dogs, although a Fourth of July staple, are usually just a blend of mystery meats packed with sodium and fat that your body certainly won't appreciate. Try a delicious turkey burger or grilled chicken instead.
3. Sugary Drinks/Cocktails
On a hot summer day, there's nothing better than a cold lemonade to wash down all that delicious food. But many sodas and bottled drinks can contain up to three times the recommended daily sugar intake. This can lead to diabetes as well as obesity, which has skyrocketed nationwide in the past few years. Also, try avoiding drinks that say "sugar-free" or "fat-free." These typically have artificial sweeteners with effects that are just as bad. Water is the best choice. Try adding some lemons and frozen berries for a refreshingly sweet taste. 
4. Ketchup
America's favorite condiment- ketchup. Growing up, we were taught that ketchup is made of tomatoes, so it has to be healthy! Actually, ketchup contains large amounts of salt and sugar, which can exceed your recommended daily amount and lead to weight gain. Opt for some sriracha instead for a zesty and delicious flavor!
5. Fried Foods
Fried chicken, french fries, corn dogs. The list of delicious fried foods goes on and on. Not only does frying foods usually involve hydrogenated oils high in fat, but it also ups the calorie content. They also contain higher sodium levels. Instead, try baking, steaming, or grilling your foods. Just another reason to use that grill this Fourth of July! 
June 28, 2017

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Bug magnets: What attracts those pesky mosquitoes?

It's the beginning of summer and you head outside with a smile, ready for the warm rays of the sun to paint your body. When you least expect it, mosquitoes track you down and send you swatting and running for cover.

Why does this happen? How do these pesky mosquitoes find you in the first place? To find out, let's take a look at the science behind mosquito behavior.

Carbon Dioxide:
It's quite simple actually. Mosquitoes can detect the carbon dioxide in the air you exhale. If you exercise, you tend to exhale more air thereby attracting more mosquitoes. They can smell your sweat.

Heat:
Mosquitoes usually zero in on the areas of the skin where the blood is close to the surface. They detect heat to find these areas, which is often located near the forehead, wrists, elbows and neck.

Clothes:
According to some studies, dark colored clothing can attract the attention of mosquitoes. It stands out against the background, marking you as a target. Additionally, movement can also be detected by mosquitoes.

Body Odor:
On the skin, a large number of chemical compounds and bacteria can produce sweat that attracts mosquitoes. It's even said that some foods can produce compounds that are favored by mosquitoes. However, no direct link has been found between specific foods and mosquitoes.

Genetics:
Lastly, it is genetics at work. Some people attract more mosquitoes than others. Also, there are people who don't react as negatively to bites as the rest of the population.
It turns out that it is a combination of multiple factors that results in mosquito bites. It also differs between different species of mosquitoes. Protect yourself from these pesky bugs with insect repellent.

Aromaflage and Aromaflage Wild are all-natural botanical fragrances and insect repellents that keep your summers bug-free.

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!

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