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Lavish Beauty: Balanced Guru’s SEVA AMAZON Body Care

My trip to Costa Rica last summer with my daughter was a welcome and relaxing experience. Despite the rain, we really enjoyed walking through the foliage as we made our way to our treehouse in the jungle, indulging in the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, wildlife, and the ocean. My 3 year old daughter learned to appreciate the land even more, playfully jumping over streams, gawking at geckos and learning to recognize plants like lemongrass and basil (which helped cure her nagging earache). When I think about how the rainforest rejuvenated me, it seems to be a no-brainer that I would want to preserve such a sacred place. Luckily, I have the chance give back to the forest and get more with Seva Amazon, a beauty line by Balanced Guru.

This all-natural collection of beauty balms and scrubs has the best ingredients without the harsh parabens and synthetic ingredients that irritate my skin – good, healing stuff like beeswax, olive oil, arnica, and sea salt, as well as pure essential oils, many of which are organic. Best of all? 100% of the profits go towards saving the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador through a partnership with yogis and community activists Off The Mat Into The World.

So go ahead — give AND be beautiful!

Body Balm,
  featuring Cocoa Butter, Babassu Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Lime Essential Oil, Mandarin Essential Oil

  featuring Baobab Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sesame Oil, Avocado Oil, Argan Oil, Lavender, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil


featuring Raw Sugar Cane, Dead Sea Salt, Coffee Beans, Shea Butter, Agave Ferment, Avocado Oil

Afternoon fabulosity: Chanel Iman + Arlenis Sosa

Harper’s Bazaar got it right this time. Famed fashion photographer captured models Chanel Iman and Arlenis Sosa in a series of black and white photos that capture the sultry 40’s jazz era in the world of Harlem’s Park Row. The Harper’s Bazaar multiple-page spread has a grainy feel that captures the post WWII era; added to that are the classic post-war silhouettes in the Balenciaga & Dolce & Gabbana pieces the models wear beautifully. The full, glorious spread below:

Arlenis Sosa

Chanel Iman

Lavish Beauty: Soft Hands, Kind Heart

Soft Hands, Kind Heart, $8, The Body Shop

Not only does this cream by The Body Shop get your paws buttery soft, but you can feel good knowing that a portion of the proceeds goes toward helping to fight against child sex trafficking around the world. This non greasy potion is made with a mix of angelica extract and olive oil to pack a one-two punch of moisturizing and promoting circulation.

A Lavish Heart: Falling Whistles

Falling Whistles: A whistle-blower

Falling Whistles is dedicated to saving young boys in the Congro from the front lines of war. These young children are blow whistles to alert rebels and risk taking a bullet during the deadly crossfires.

Many of us have heard the stories of child-soldiers. Invisible Children and stories such as A Long Way Gone have been groundbreaking in granting us glimpses into their tortured lives.

I had heard.known.cared. I had even reacted and raged. But when these boys told me of the whistle blowers, the horror grew feet and walked within me.

Captured by Nkunda’s rebel army, the boys not big enough to hold a gun are given merely a whistle and put on the front lines of battle.

Read the whole story here.

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