Scoop: Sweet Beauty

Scoop: Sweet Beauty

Re-posted from Seattle Magazine
August 2010
SCOOP: SWEET BEAUTY
By Kate Calamusa

Seattle’s Sweet Beauty skin care adds white chocolate to the mix

It’s no secret that chocolate is balm for the soul, but it turns out it also boasts moisturizing superpowers for your skin. SoDo-based organic skin care purveyor Sweet Beauty has added Theo Chocolate’s white chocolate to its new line of zesty body lotions and scrubs. Our favorite scents? Fragrant tangerine truffle and mojito ($22/8 oz.). Owner Lisa Françoise hand-mixes the moisturizing exfoliants in small batches, adding lime and mint or tangerine butter to the rich honey, organic cocoa butter and cane sugar base for scrubs that smell tantalizing enough to nibble. And considering that all of Sweet Beauty’s skin care products are organic and paraben free, lick away if you like. We’re happy just asking people to smell our freshly scrubbed, decadently scented skin. Available at Julep Nail Parlor (multiple locations, including downtown, 1427 Fifth Ave.; 206.985.0088; myjulep.com) or at sweetbeautyonline.com.

Recipe from KOMO 4 News Interview: Summer Berries Facial Mask

SUMMER BERRIES FACIAL MASK

1T Pureed Blueberries
1T Pureed Strawberries
3T Greek Yogurt
2t Honey

Directions: Puree berries separately. Do not add moisture, just quick pulse until fully pureed. Mix Berries together add Yogurt and mix well, add Honey and mix again. This should last a few days in the refrigerator.

Tip: I will puree larger amounts of fruit and freeze pre measured amounts for ease next time I need this refreshing mask.

Strawberries: Contains Salicylic Acid, which is a Natural Exfoliant, Tightens Pores, Cleanses and Softens Skin, High in Antioxidants

Blueberries: Antioxidant Power House, Vitamins C and E, Aids in Hydration

Yogurt: Cooling, Zinc, Calcium, B1, B2, B6, B12, Protein

Honey: A Natural Humectant, Attracting and Retaining Water to the Skin, Antioxidant, Aids in Wound Healing

A note on purchasing Berries, Organic and Freshly Picked in Best since they will contain the most antioxidants.

Recipe from KOMO 4 News Interview: Tropical Face & Body Scrub

1 1/4 cup Organic Cane Sugar
1/3 cup Melted Organic Coconut Oil
2 T Grape Seed Oil
1/4 cup Pureed Pineapple
Directions:
Puree pineapple. Don’t add water, just quick pulse until fully pureed. Set aside. Pour sugar into bowl. Melt organic coconut oil – 1 minute in the microwave works well. Add grape seed oil. Add pureed pineapple. Stir.
Pineapple: contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that cleanses the skin and digests dead skin cells
Vitamin B: natural source of alpha hydroxy acid, natural anti inflammatory
Coconut Oil: easily absorbed by the skin, a gift from Mother Nature, free radical scavenger, fabulous scent
Grape Seed Oil: polyphenols, great for fighting free radicals, anti inflammatory, linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid.
Sugar: gentle exfoliant, natural humectant, prepares the skin for moisturization, contains glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acid