Hello lovely reader,
Summer is over and it is time to get back into the swing of things, so we might be getting back to school, work, internship or another holliday. As we get caught up into our routine, we might not give ourselves the proper time and care we deserve. Some of us spent all summer being extra healthy because we were constantly outside, hiking, traveling, doing yoga, pilates, running on the beach (options are limitless); there is no better way to keep going with our adventures by the beach or in a new city than a refreshing smoothie, acai bowl, protein full omelet, Kombucha drinks on the go. A lot of us who believe in a healthy balanced lifestyle choose organic products such as Douvall in order to further portray how a healthy gut is equal to healthy skin. Both go hand in hand. What is the point of working so hard at the gym, if your diet is poor a can lead to a leaky gut or inflammation, which the impacts will be seen on your skin?
That is why we want to motivate you to make the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 your healthiest year yet. There are so many options out there in order for you to find what works for you and what makes you happy. We follow a strict vegan diet, however there are many other routes one can take to be healthy without going to extremes. It’s all about balance and not pushing too hard, or you will crash and burn.
It took us a while to find what activities could remain fun, challenging and motivating for a whole year. We found that mixing up yoga, tennis, boxing, running, balance and strength workouts made us feel more active and pushed us to live a healthy lifestyle because we loved the rush of endorphins and happy hormones. Sometimes it is hard to fit in a workout in your day, sut you can always find a way. You don’t need to join a gym, or the best yoga studio in order to keep moving. If you can afford it then go for it, but if your wallet restricts you from doing so, then go to a park with a friend or on your own. We decided to splurge on hot yoga at the HotPod Yoga Studio in London, but the rest we managed to find free or inexpensive ways to do them. For Boxing, check out the All Star Boxing Gym ( http://www.allstars-gym.co.uk/#) right past Notting Hill. They have saturday classes for two hours for 5 pounds only. You can sacrifice going out more for a meal or a drink, in order to afford yoga for example. Life is made of choices and you have to choose what the best ones are for your body soul and energy.
We are going to share with you a few of our favourite summer recipes to keep you going all year. You can obviously adapt with fruits and veggies of the season.BREAKFAST Acai Bowl
- 1 pack frozen organic acai berry pulp
- 2 cups Organic Spinach
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk
- 2 tbsp CHIA SEED
- 1 teaspoon of Agave
- 1 tbsp Goji Berry
- 1/4 peach
1. Soak chia seeds for at least 20 minutes in some of the coconut milk.
2. Simply add all ingredients into your Vitamix or high speed blender until thick and creamy.
3. The texture should be very thick, if too thick then add more almond or coconut milk.
4. If you stick a spoon into the mixture the mixture should be able to be thick enough to stay on the spoon, if not add ice or more frozen bananas.
5. Eat after making. Add ice as needed to desired thickness.
6. TOPPING OPTIONS: Unsweetened shredded coconut, goji berries, raw cocoa powder, homemade granola, Nourishing Muesli, banana chips, raw nuts/seeds, fresh fruit, avocado, dark chocolate chips, etc.MID MORNING SNACK Hummus with carrot sticks
- 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 16 oz Chick Peas/garbanzos
- 1/8 cup Lemon Juice
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1/6 cup Tahini
- 1/2 tbsp Paprika
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Cumin Seed
- 3 cloves Garlic Clove
- 2 cups Quinoa (cooked)
- 2 cups Parsley
- 99 g Fresh Mint
- 4 tbsp Lemon Peel
- 250 g Lemon Juice Raw
- 1 1/2 cups Fire Roasted Red Peppers
- 1/4 cup Sun-dried Tomatoes In Oil
- 3 Raw Clove
- 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Salt*
Finely chop parsley and mint and add to cooked quinoa
Using salt as an abrasive and the back of a knife, mash and scrape the garlic into a paste
3Finely chop sundried tomatoes and roasted red peppers
4Combine all ingredientsMID AFTERNOON SNACK No bake Honey Peanut Butter Cookies
- 2 1/2 cups Oats, Rolled
- 1/3 cup Peanut Butter, Creamy
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips, Dark
In a bowl, combine the rolled oats, natural peanut butter, honey and dark chocolate chips.
Mix thoroughly until fairly consistent.
Use a muffin tin as the mold to form the cookies.
Place them in the fridge for an hour or so to allow them to harden and then eat immediately.DINNER PESTO PASTA
- 1 lb. gluten free spaghetti
- 2 ears corn, shucked
- 1 medium yellow squash, cut into 1/2″-thick slices
- 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2″-thick slices
- 1 small bell pepper, seeded and cut into sixths
- 4 green onions, trimmed
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 c. store-bought refrigerated pesto
- 1 pt. grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 c. packed fresh parsley, chopped
- Heat grill on medium-high. Cook spaghetti as label directs. Rinse, drain well and let cool completely.
- In large bowl, toss corn, squash, zucchini, bell pepper and onions with oil and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper until well coated. Grill corn, turning, 10 minutes or until charred in spots. Grill squash, zucchini and bell pepper 4 to 6 minutes or until tender and grill marks appear, turning once. Grill onions 2 minutes or until tender and slightly charred, turning occasionally.
- Into large bowl, from lemon, grate 1/2 teaspoon zest and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. Whisk in pesto and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
- Chop squash, zucchini, pepper and onions; add to bowl with pesto. Cut kernels from cobs; add to bowl along with tomatoes, parsley and cooked pasta. Toss to combine. Serve at room temperature.
Last month we came out with our new product “Argan Active Protection” which is targeted at revitalizing and hydrating your skin around your eyes. We asked participants that range from ages 21 to 76 to test our eye serum and to answer a survey regarding the proficiency of the product. Every single one of them has answered yes to seeing results after 24 hours and yes to seeing lasting effects after 2 months of using the serum. This is a product we are truly proud of as it heals the negative feelings we have when we see ourselves in the mirror and see a “tired”, “wrinkly”, “aging” person.
The ingredients are all natural and organic, and their combination creates a rapid “lift” effect which actively works all day. Slowly the Argan Oil, Aloe Vera, Leaf Juice Powder, Citrus Oil, Argan Leaf Oil, seeps into the dermis to nourish, plumps the skin.
A lot of today’s eye products are way too heavy for such a thin layer of skin around your eyes. They are also full of harmful chemicals and non-natural products which in fact fastens the aging of the skin as it is forced to reproduce its cells too fast, which then tired out your cells, creating fine lines and skin damage.
Here is an image of a client before and after trying out the product. She saw rapid and effective changes. Her skin felt different, tightened, and nourished. She also used Argan Oil on the rest of her face throughout the day for full protection.
Argan Oil is full of delicious nutrients and vitamins that balance the moisture perfectly in your skin, and nourish it and protect it from harmful chemicals. So it is no surprise that a more intense argan based serum would work natural miracles.
Summer is here and everyone will be snapping pics in the sun, so get your face and your eyes protected and look youthful and revitalized !
I want to start off with a quote from Amit Ray a yogi who has inspired thousands across the globe.
“Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you.”
We are all divine beings, whether you see yourself as a creation of a god or a ball of energy and light, there is a strong power that you withhold which affects all other beings around you. In order to help ourselves from attaining deep savasana and to simply be a source of goodness, calm and love we should all be incorporating yoga in our daily routine. This practice goes beyond the physical benefits of stretching to simply be more flexible. The practice of yoga is essential to learn how to JUST BE. You can learn how to really connect with your breath, heartbeat, muscles, joints, pain, relief, stretch, and most importantly, your mind. You learn how to know your body and essentially yourself. One can see how far the mind will release itself and let you focus on each pose as it flows into another one.
After a yoga class, you feel light, airy, cleansed, directed with a goal. You send your energy upwards in hope that it will affect someone or something in the most positive way. Yoga is rooted with meditation. What keeps us going back is not only so that we can perfect our squatting goddess, or our transition from warrior 3 into our half moon. What keeps us going back is so that we can achieve all these difficult poses while achieving the art of meditation. It is a very hard thing to do, but it is addicting and you feel so immensely PROUD of yourself everytime you manage to release and achieve a pose you have been trying to perfect or months.
This year we have been practicing HOTPOD YOGA in London and it is the absolute best. They set up the pod so that it remains at 37 degrees and there are humidifiers which really help warm your body up so that can get get deeper into all the stretches and poses. You sweat A LOT but you advance a lot more. On top of that your skin sheds so you feel like a soft baby after class.
You can incorporate skin care into your yoga. We have applied lots of argan oil onto your scalp and all over our hair, as well as on our skin before the class. The heat will help open all the follicles and let the oil seep deeper into your pores so that your can feel more nourished and moisturized. We all love having glossy, shiny and strong hair so it is def worth looking like a greaseball for a few hours. So if you love yoga as much as we do and you love argan oil, mesh both and you will be the healthiest yogi out there!
We love to hear your comments,
Lots of love,xoxox
Every hour 300 football fields of precious remaining forest is lost in Malaysia and Indonesia to make way for palm oil plantations.
Most of us have heard of the major crisis related to palm oil and orangutans. There is a project you can hop on board with called “The Orangutan Project” which is doing everything it can to save these endangered species by stopping the cutting down of palm oil trees.
Here is their project:
“Indonesia is home to some of the most rich and biodiverse rainforest in the world.
It contains over 80 endemic species and some of the world’s most unique and iconic endangered wildlife such as the orangutan, elephant and tiger.
But these animals are in grave danger.
Every hour 300 football fields of precious remaining forest is being ploughed to the ground across South East Asia to make way for palm oil plantations.
Palm oil is used in everything from snack foods to soaps. It is found in over half all packaged items on our supermarket shelves.
In the last 20 years, over 3.5 million hectares of Indonesian and Malaysian forest have been destroyed to make way for palm oil.
Almost 80% of orangutan habitat has disappeared in the last 20 years.
We are losing over 6,000 orangutans a year.
There are now only 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world.
We must stop this devastation in its tracks.
Take action today before it’s too late.”
Now what is really going on?
Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the world, having even surpassed soya in terms of usage. Surging global demand for palm oil has fueled massive forest destruction throughout Indonesia and Malaysia, countries that together account for 85% of the world’s palm oil production. Surprisingly palm oil is used in cosmetics and toiletries. On top of that it is an important ingredient in the manufacture of soaps, shampoos, detergents, and toothpaste. Increasingly, palm oil is used as a biofuel. Such a demand that keeps increasing, especially in biofuel will only further the extinction of species living in these forests.
Investigators have found that orangutans and other animals have been chased away from palm oil plantations in East Kalimantan, adding up to over 800 having been killed in only two years. How is it that mankind can continually keep sweeping out other species (and its own as a matter of fact) for manufacturing demands? Because these killings have not stopped and the men carrying out these killings see these animals as vermine, some workers have targeted great apes which are in great danger. “Some workers found an orangutan on the plantation,” he said. “The company paid them $100 (£64) for it. I don’t know what the company did with the ape, but they want them gone because they see them as pests.” (BBC)
“They will go extinct in the wild in perhaps five years,” said Arfiana Khairunnisa
How is this oil produced ?
There is a bright orange fruit hidden in the leaves of the palm tree. The fruit is jacked open and the oil is taken from the kernels inside.
Oil palms are able to produce fruit for harvest within 4 to 6 years of planting, if fertilized well. Life expectancy is 28 to 30 years on average, at which point they are usually 40 feet / 12 metres high and it becomes too hard to harvest the heavy fruit bundles using extension poles. The palms are injected with pesticide, which kills the tree from within, and eventually they get bulldozed in order to make room for new oil palms. When the fruit is picked it is brought to a processing facility where the fruit must be softened before anything can be done. The first step is to ‘cook’ them for one hour with high-pressure, high-temperature steam (300 psi, 140 degrees Celsius). Once the fruit is steamed the kernel separates from the shell and becomes soft and oily which is then pressed.
There are many ways you can help fight this battle against palm oil. The first one is easy, simply check your ingredients on the packaging of what you are buying. AVOID palm oil and tell your friends about it. Companies will be hurt financially by the lack of consumerism of their products. This can cause for them to switch up their recipe. Second, do some research. It is so easy to find foundations that you can help by either contributing to their cause, or signing petitions, or go on a plantation and protest.
Argan Oil has not shown any signs of endangering our planet. It is a great substitute for many oil in cooking and for cosmetics. Stick to cruelty free and natural products.
Summer is getting close and we are starting to feel those sun rays on our body. With global warming being an actual thing (sorry Trump “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”) we need to pay extra attention to our skin in order to protect it. What most of us do when we take our clothes off and run off into the ocean is apply sunscreen to prevent UV rays from damaging our skin. What we do not know is how dangerous sunscreen is to our body.
According to research from the EWG: Our review…shows that some sunscreen ingredients absorb into the blood, and some have toxic effects. Some release skin-damaging free radicals in sunlight, some act like estrogen and disrupt hormones, and several can cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. The FDA has not established rigorous safety standards for sunscreen ingredients. Sunscreens haven’t been regulated since 1978 in the USA, and the SPF factor only tells you how effective a sunscreen is against UVB rays which cause sunburn.
Here is a small list of effects post use of big sunscreen brands:
Absorb into the blood
Release free radicals in sunlight
Act like estrogen
Cause allergic reactions
Cause skin irritation
Have no rigorous safety standards
It is important to not become afraid of the sun, as it is essential to a healthy lifestyle. The sun is the most important source of Vitamin D3. Only 20 minutes of direct sunlight, can help your body naturally generates enough Vitamin D3 which naturally helps boost the immune system, help fight cancer and improve mood.
If you are going to be exposed to the sun for more than 20 min, we highly recommend that you start out of the sun from around noon to 2 pm as that is the peak of the strength of the rays. We also recommend you use natural sunscreen that is harm free for your body and the environment. Just think of all the chemicals you are releasing in the ocean or lakes when you apply chemically filled sunscreens.
That is why we have come up with our own natural argan oil based sunscreen which not only protects your skin but keeps it moisturized as well.
I was very upset when I found out that my MAC lipstick was full of harmful metals and chemicals. I love the way it lasts, smells, feels and looks on me; however I had to put into question whether I was willing to put at risk my health for looks. I therefore dove into “research mode” and was astonished to find that a lot of beauty products don’t even go through any testing from the government before they are allowed to be put on store shelves.
Our skin absorbs everything that it comes in contact with, be it pollution, radiation, UV rays, oils and makeup. These elements then end up in our bloodstream, thus polluting the entirety of our bodies. They also clog our pores, which are essential to let the skin breathe and rejuvenate. Pores are your body’s way of staying clean. Even though what comes out looks absolutely gross, what you see is actually your sebaceous glands which acts like glue in order to grab onto dead skin cells. This “glue” is the excreted from the body through the pores to help you maintain healthy skin. The problem we all go though occasionally is build-up. Your pores clog because your glands will continue to produce oil with no way to release the excess. Makeup and pollution cause that extra oil are all root causes of clogged pimples and unhealthy skin.
Our bodies are living and breathing organism that should be nourished and taken care of with natural and organic products, because in the end, we are what we absorb. When you apply lipstick, you could be absorbing high quantities of lead and harmful chemicals. Next time you apply, take a quick look at the ingredients and see if your lipstick contains lead, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, mercury and thallium.Here is what you need to know about these metals:
Lead is a soft blue-gray metal that is dense and very stable and resistant to corrosion. exposure can cause many physiological and neurological problems such as toxic stress on the kidney, hypertension, dizziness ,diminished sperm counts, fertility, lethargy, fatigue, forgetfulness, diminished reaction time and cognitive performance, decreased libido and depression.
Arsenic is a combination of oxygen, chlorine and sulfur. It is known to be a human carcinogen, that affects the skin, digestive system, liver, nervous system and the lungs. Absorbing high quantities of arsenic can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, blood in the urine, cramping muscles, hair loss, stomach pains.
Cadmium is a byproduct of zinc production and is one of the top toxic elements that in absorbed on a daily basis. It is a silver, white malleable metal that is soft enough to be cut by a knife. It is often used to pigments, coating, and as a stabilizer for plastics. Cadmium is absorbed in the body for a lifetime and is toxic to the kidney. It can cause bone demineralization, impair lung function thus increasing the risk of lung cancer.
Beryllium is classified as a Group 1- Carcinogenic to humans by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It is a lightweight metal that melts very easily, strong, and has great electrical conductivity. Often used to make thermal coatings, nuclear reactors, rocket head shields, x-ray tubes, and brakes. (However it is ok in the FDA’s eyes that we apply this on our bodies…) The metal attacks the lungs, liver, kidneys, heart, nervous system and is also linked to Beryllium Disease, which is deadly.
Mercury is a chemical often known as quicksilver because it is the only metallic element that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure. Mercury is used in thermometers, barometers, float valves, fluorescent lamps. Mercury is found in most fish on the market now, and ingesting it directly on your skin with lipstick for example can cause coughing, chest pains, vomiting, headaches, anxiety, anorexia, loss of appetite, irritability, tremors and the list goes on.
Thallium is a soft malleable gray metal found in trace amounts in the earth’s crusts. Today thallium is imported from thallium reserves. It is odorless and tasteless. Thallium was widely used in rat poisons and insecticides. Thallium poisoning results in nervous system problems, such as numbness in fingers and toes. It also causes vomiting, diarrhea, temporary hair loss, issues with the lungs, liver and kidneys.
I hope that after reading all of this you are as put off by toxic beauty products as I am. To help you here is a list of major brands to avoid, as they all contain harmful levels of these metals.
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer
We urge you to take care of your body and love you skin. Remember, you are what you absorb, and natural, organic products is the way to go. There are many healthy alternatives out there including our own lip and cheek oils. Douvall’s has worked hard to perfect their recipe for a beautiful, long lasting, and healthy lip and cheek oil. As its base, the argan oil ensures moisture and the natural ingredients in complement, ensure a healthy and beautiful look. Check out our videos on our facebook and youtube pages which go into greater detail about the 6 shades we offer https://www.facebook.com/douvalls/?fref=ts
This past week we have celebrated women’s day, which led to masses protesting, manifesting, and supporting equality between men and women, as well as give an initiative to further appreciate the beauty of women across the globe. By beauty, we mean the inner light and love, the courage, the greatness, the power, the strength, the caring and all giving that every woman holds.This day was also used to support women who struggle with body images, in order to remind us all how beautiful and unique we all are.
The power that we hold as women should be used to its maximum potential. We should therefore be helping each other as much as we can, and this can be done by giving back. In today’s day and age, more of us are being affected by cancer and other illnesses that cause hair loss. From radiation or chemotherapy, women can feel less beautiful. Wigs are often purchased in order to feel somewhat close to how they were before. There are several wonderful organizations that collect hair donated across the world, which turn the hair into wigs for cancer patients.
There are several conditions in order to donate your hair. It has to be a minimum of 8”, contain no dyes, bleaches or chemicals, and no more than 5% gray hairs. In order to prepare your hair well for the donation, you must make sure you condition your hair regularly in order to keep it healthy and strong. Avoid brushing your hair when it is wet as well as blow drying.
A great way to keep your hair healthy, if you are interested in helping a woman feel beautiful during her time of pain and struggle, is to moisturize your hair with argan oil. Here are some benefits to using argan oil. Argan oil hydrates the hair in a natural way, making hair softer and reducing roughness. Argan oil penetrates into the hair shaft and enhances the elasticity of hair which helps prevent breakage. Natural antioxidants present in Argan oil strengthen the hair by repairing damage. The Vitamin E in Argan oil makes it a tremendous agent for hair treatment. Many external and internal agents like heat, over styling and oxidization damage the hair. Vitamin E present in Argan oil is very useful in restoring the natural hair and renewing and repairing the damage caused by heat, chemicals or other destructive agents.
Follow these links to find an organization that collects hair for cancer patients.
Here is the issue with these campaigns. The models used are sometimes not over 30 and if they are they don’t look it. Studies have shown that magazines aimed at women over 40 very rarely show older women in them. The women instead are youthful, thin and wrinkle free. We believe overall that wrinkles are a trait to be ashamed of or to fear. We therefore end up thinking that something must be wrong with our bodies, and we self shame. When in fact, shouldn’t we be striving to love ourselves more and tell other women around us how beautiful they are? We should not feel like we have to cover our faces with so much makeup if our intentions are to hide our real face. This is a real matter that affects women over 40 in a way that can cause eating disorders, low self esteem and loss of sexuality.
Young girls start applying anti-wrinkle cream on sometimes when they are only 16. What 16 year old has wrinkles? They believe that by using it now they will prevent wrinkles from forming early. In fact, they are SPEEDING up the process and WASTING their money. You see, these magic serums designed for older skins are often very heavy and can cause a lot of skin problems such as occlusive folliculitis (Sweat cannot escape from your clogged pores, thus causing itchy red lumps), redness, itchiness, flaking and your skin cells renewing too fast. These creams are packed with retinoids and AHAs, which break down the top layer of your skin which increases the rate at which the skin renews itself. When you are young, you are corrupting the skin’s natural water-retaining protective function. These changes are PERMANENT on your skin and you cannot fix the damage. On top of that your skin will become a lot more sensitive to the sun, which will require more protection over all. Instead of investing so much on these creams we suggest using natural products such as oils, which only boost your skin with vitamins. Very good oils to prevent or to combat wrinkles are rosehip and carrot seed serums, olive oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut butter and of course argan oil. Argan Oil replenishes your skin with VitaminE, antioxidants and no many other yummy nutrients that leave your skin feeling soft, elastic, glowing, clear with no breakouts.
We are not all lucky enough to live a long life. This journey we are on is a gift and we should celebrate everyday we are on earth by loving every wrinkle, white hair that appears.
Henna mehndi in Hindi has been an agent used for over 5000 years all over Pakistan, The Middle East, India and Africa. Henna derives from the plant Lawsonia genus. The pigmentation varies from plant to plant, yet usually always giving reddish orange tones, pale or extremely dark and black. Men and women have used its paste form to cool down their bodies from the high and rising temperatures; doing so by applying it to their feet and hands. From this practice, people were inspired by the idea of creating intricate and beautiful designs on the body because the henna temporarily dyed the skin. The dye soon became widely used as an alternative to cosmetics and jewellery in the Roman Empire, Ancient Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula and northern parts of Africa. In today’s day and age, getting a henna tattoo is seen as a ‘cool’ thing to do when going abroad to places like Morocco. Henna also acts as a sun blocking agent, thus allowing the ability to create fun tan lines on your body.
Henna has been widely worked into the hair because of it’s many benefits, such as :
Glossy, voluminous hair
Rebalancing the Keratin found in your hair, thus making it healthier
Henna as a conditioner to protect the hair, and build a protective armour that seals the nutrients and moisture.
Free of chemicals, ammonia and toxins,
Balances the PH levels in your scalp, thus preventing dandruff
Boosts hair growth