Urban Hippie

  • Los Angeles Launch Party Celebration

    On Thursday, we hosted a launch party here in Los Angeles to kick off the Fall season and to introduce a few new products. I was very blessed to have so many lovely people come and show me their support. Here are few highlights: Jeremiah Wooddruff prepared a tower of organic veggies for us to enjoy! Babycakes NYC vegan cupcakes! These delicious treats are made with some of the main ingredients in our deodorant: coconut oil, arrowroot powder and baking soda! (Larchmont store)     Our lovely guests!!! Thank you all for a great night!!!

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  • Root Beauty now in LA store! (General Quarters)

    Hey all! For those of you who live in LA and have been asking if we are available locally-- you can now find us at General Quarters on La Brea Avenue (153 N La Brea, Los Angeles 90036). General Quarters just opened a Barber Shop and now carries Root Beauty for Men!  They offer our Deodorant, Hand Cream and Hydrate Face Moisturizer.  (Thats us in the lower right hand corner!) The Barber shop has the cool stying of Blair Lucio, the owner of General Quarters. He is incredibly talented with design and he succeeded again with the installation of the...

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  • "Green" your kitchen with 2 simple steps

    I'm always looking for green, non-toxic and more sustainable ways of doing things. Ironically, I think my continual quest for these "greener" ways of life are causing my grammy to chuckle up in Heaven. I can hear her now: "Silly girl! This is how we always did things before the disposable era."   How do you "green" your kitchen? Firstly, NO MORE PAPER TOWELS! I know they are convenient, but they are a habit more than a need. You just need to replace them with something and change the habit. Paper towels aren't cheap and they end up in landfills. So...

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  • New York City, remembering 9/11 and cherishing friendship

    We just got back form NYC and as today is the anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, I thought I would take a moment to both reflect and give thanks. Eleven years ago today, I was working on a film that we had shot in NYC. We wrapped the final sound mix around 4 a.m. on September 11. Exhausted and grateful to be finished, I crawled into bed. Only a few hours later my phone started ringing-- first my mobile then my home. I couldn't imagine what my boss might possibly need since we had wrapped so late. My mobile phone...

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  • New York, New York & 3 ways to make exercise easier

    I landed in NYC very early this morning after taking the red-eye from Los Angeles. I was tired even though I slept the entire flight (it was only about four hours). However, I mustered up the energy to drop my bags at the location we are staying and head to yoga at Yoga Works Union Sq. I decided to push the desire to sleep and motivated myself to exercise. Exercise is vital not only to our health but also for our skin.  3 ways to make exercise easier: 1. Do something you enjoy. Don't make it work. If you like...

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  • Terra Nova Retreat in the mountains

    Terra Nova means "new earth" and this weekend I had the pleasure of going to an artists retreat in the mountain. I belong to a community called Mosaic and they host this retreat every year (this was the 10 year anniversary and it was amazing).  350 artists/creative types up in the mountains creating and learning about what it means to be connected to God. I know this isn't my typical blog entry, but it was a powerful weekend for me and I am grateful for the experience. I have written in the past about the power nature has on our...

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  • 3 reasons to buy local produce (and why I love my CSA box from SavRaw)

    Produce is often picked 4 to 7 days before being placed on supermarket shelves. The longer it takes to get produce from farm to table, the more likely it will be to lose valuable nutrients. When produce is harvested ripe, it is often easier to chew and digest and it tastes so much better. Ripe produce is sweeter and more flavorful.  Produce is shipped an average of 1,500 miles before being sold (and that is only in the U.S.). Buying local saves energy and helps the environment. Shipping food cross-country in trucks both burns fuel and emits pollution.  You buy produce...

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  • Non-toxic cleaner for greasy pots and pans

    This is a simple way to eliminate chemicals from your kitchen. I use very few cleaning products in my kitchen (or my house for that matter). I looked for a good alternative to clean my stainless steel pots and pans and was very happy to discover that baking soda is a miracle worker on grease and grim! Check out how effective it is on this greasy pan.  

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  • Natural bug spray that worked in the rainforests of Central America

    My husband can sometimes be a skeptic about my natural products and home remedies. I know he totally believes in me and what I create, but I think like many of us, he has similar doubts when it comes to something new or "natural." How could basic essential oils actually prevent the hungry mosquito of Honduras from some tasty blood like mine? Well, I took my theory into practice this past month   while visiting my friend Cindy in Honduras. Our front porch was swarming with mosquitoes before we took off on a 5.1 mile hike in the rainforest of Panacam....

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  • Johnson & Johnson plans to phase out potentially harmful chemicals by 2015 - Babies around the world cheer!

    I was so excited to read a report that said Johnson&Johnson is going to reduce the amount of chemicals in their products by 2015. My sister-in-law just had a baby and we met him for the first time this past weekend in Phoenix. Reading this report gives me hope that we as a society might change our approach to personal care products. It gives me hope that natural organic skin care is our future, but it won't even need that label. It will just be skin care products and we will all know they are natural and organic.  "(CBS/AP) Johnson...

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