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Ode to Chamomile

June 25th, 2015
chamomile If your summer is revved up and over-busy, Chamomile might be just the thing you crave. Dissolving stress for centuries, Chamomile was used by holistic practitioners in ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and India. Remarkably, the herbal remedy works as an anti-inflammatory and as a relaxant, healing wounds and boosting immunity, whether absorbed through the skin or taken as a tea or tincture. There’s a reason I never leave home without a take-along sized bottle of Roman Chamomile Tonic tucked away in my bag! Just the warm fresh scent alone is wonderfully grounding. To benefit from this sweet summertime soother, you might steep a jar of Chamomile sun tea, then ice it down in the fridge, creating a refreshing drink, or you might enjoy the apple-y flavor of a pitcher of cool water bright with fresh Chamomile blossoms. And in the evening, there is nothing so peace inducing as putting together a quick bath sachet—bundling a handful of dried Chamomile flowers in a small piece of cheese cloth tied with twine to use in your hot bath.

Instant Refreshment

June 18th, 2015
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Icy cold popsicles are an old-fashioned summertime delight. We love to make them with all our favorite juices—Watermelon or Melon, Peach, or Blueberry, or almost anything blended with Lemon or Lime. Healthy deliciousness on a stick!

When creating your own blend, remember that juice freezes hard, so you’ll want to include pureed fruit to soften the texture. Try Strawberry-Cucumber, made with pureed fresh cucumber, crushed frozen strawberries, lime juice, lime zest and honey. Mango-Coconut is a tropical treat, using Mango juice and fresh fruit puree, and, just the tiniest pinch of cinnamon for warmth. 

Of course, if your garden is overflowing with fresh herbs, you can make freezer pops using a couple strongly brewed cups of your favorite herbal teas. Chamomile-Honey is sunny and light. Lemon-Thyme is another lovely combination, or try substituting in Basil, Mint or Verbena. Experimenting is a joy—and you can always try out new flavors by making a few ice-cube testers. 

For the prettiest ice pops of all, however, set edible flower petals—or whole blossoms—adrift. Pansies, marigolds, violets, roses, nasturtiums, borage—or the smallest blossoms from your fresh herbs.

Cool off, share—and enjoy!

Tammy’s Summer Loves

June 12th, 2015

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We are happy to share a few of Tammy’s seasonally summery favorites—as well as all of our best wishes for a summer full of fun + friends and glowing good health.

Favorite Summertime Bloom: The wide array of rose bushes in my garden!

Most Peaceful Moment of the Day: Before dawn—a quiet time of stillness and meditation. And just before  sunset, enjoying being out in the yard with my family, reflecting on the fullness of the day, a walk through the garden, and checking out all of the sweet birds and little critters around us...

Energizing Exercise: A swim in the ocean

Summer-Perfect Salad: Garden-fresh arugula, fresh green peas, avocado, sliced hearts of palm, a little fresh Locatelli cheese, all tossed with olive oil and lemon juice.

Favorite Summer Formulations: Our two new treatment masques—Restorative Radiance Masque and Purifying Luculent Masque—as well as Awakening Eye Gel, and Rose Geranium & Tangerine Body Lotion.

Bedside Reading: The Wellspring of Good

Spa Indulgence: Thai Yoga Massage with Lumdaun

Ultimate Summer Juice: Watermelon with Mint or Ginger.

At-Home Facial: A double mask—Epi-Peel followed by Purifying Lucent Masque, and finished with a thin layer of Spontaneous Recovery Cremè to magnify summer’s glow.

Holistic Treat: Homemade Lemon-Lime & Basil popsicles.

Getaway Destination: Colorado mountains and dreaming of Italy!

Pre-Flight + In-Flight Skin Savers: The night before a flight use Restorative Radiance Masque, followed by Quintessential Serum. To protect skin in-flight and arrive glowing, wear Quintessential Serum under a layer of Spontaneous Recovery Cremè.

Never Leave Home Without: Roman Chamomile Tonic in a travel-sized spray—so perfectly soothing when you’re on-the-go

Garden Gratitude

May 28th, 2015

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If there is one place where I can while away my summer hours, it’s in the garden. Time just seems to stand still for me there. My mind clears, and my troubles drift away. It’s a living sanctuary.

I’ve planted a wide array of roses—my favor summertime flower—and they bloom one after the next. Their fragrance is soft, yet intense and so feminine. I cut some for my own bedside table, and little buds for my daughter Savanna’s room. Ever since Savanna was a baby, I've kept a small vase with fresh flowers in her room—one of the joys of having a little girl. She loves that they are always different, and I love teaching her all about the flowers.

In summertime, our gardens are the heart of our home. Everyday I spend time tending the French kitchen garden. It’s my joy. There we grow everything from culinary herbs to medicinal plants, and so many different kinds of organic vegetables, fruits and berries, which I harvest for our meals. How wonderful it is to walk by one of our newly planted Moringa trees and remember you can just pick the healing, nutritious leaves and eat them!

Savanna and I have also created a beautiful butterfly garden, one of my favorite spots in the yard. It shelters several dozen Monarch and Swallowtail caterpillars at a time, and watching their transformation is truly amazing. We can all get lost in time, just sitting on the log benches surrounded by all the fluttering butterflies. We also have a special spot where we keep our beehive, and, of course, we love discovering the honeybees as they visit the garden’s Magnolia blooms, or Orange Blossoms, or alight on the Pentas.

As you can imagine, the garden’s aroma is incredible. We have several varieties of citrus trees just now coming into bloom, and there is nothing quite like that scent of Orange Blossom. At the same time, the aroma of our blooming Almond Bush, which the bees and butterflies love, is intoxicatingly beautiful, which is why I’ve planted several under our bedroom windows. And then there is our Ylang-Ylang tree—a real treasure.  

I have to say whether I am walking the yard in complete meditation, just admiring nature, or sitting drinking herbal lemongrass tea fresh from the garden—at heart, I love being at home. 

Here Comes the Sun

May 21st, 2015

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We couldn’t live without our sun’s glorious radiance, but it’s that time of year when skin most needs protection from its rays. 

What’s the best strategy? When in the garden or at the beach, I use physical sunblock—a big hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved T-shirt and a sarong. While that might sound a little dreary to some, I swear it’s easier than ever to look chic and to keep skin safe this season. There are so many elegantly creative options out there, from classic broad-brimmed straw hats to fun straw fedoras. Super chic surfer rash guards are offered by swimwear designers from J Crew to Orelebar Brown. And there has never been such a range of cool beach coverups available. Have you seen Proenza Schouler’s tie-dyed sarong? 

During long days outdoors, I always include sunscreen as part of my daily skincare protocol, applying a thin layer over my Tammy Fender crème.  I recommend finding a sunscreen that lists Zinc Oxide as the active ingredient, as it protects skin from both UVA and UVB rays, and because it has a long history of safe use. It’s also important to remember that sunscreen is only effective for two hours, at most. 

I’ll post again later in the season about what to do when you’ve had too much sun. But in the meantime, I hope that your summer is truly wonderful, full of all the fun with friends and family that you’ve been hoping for. 

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day

May 10th, 2015
unnamed This Mother’s Day, I find myself thinking a lot about rejuvenation—but maybe not in the way that you’d expect. While much of what I do is focused on creating formulas that enhance and restore skin’s youthfulness, all filled with the Pure Living Energy of plants that so lovingly sustain us, what I mean is something that goes much deeper—way down into the soul. A mother is someone who nourishes us, gives us care and warmth and love, fosters growth as new life unfolds. But creating support for what’s new, what’s growing and blooming within each of us, is also a gift that we can give to ourselves. Just like a child, or a sprouting seedling, clearing space for growth encourages the energy of rejuvenation. Mother’s Day—while a wonderful opportunity to show gratitude for all the people who have supported our growth—it is also a chance for each of us to ask, what nourishment and inspiration do I need in order create my own path, allowing rejuvenation to uplift the spirit? In this way, granting ourselves the space, time, ease and love to cherish what’s tenderly growing inside each of us, can’t help but create a rejuvenating wellspring that spills over into all we do, sharing that gift with everyone around us.

Behind the Masques

April 28th, 2015
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With the thrilling launch of our two new treatment masques—Restorative Radiance Masque and Purifying Luculent Masque—I wanted to share more with you about several of the amazing healing ingredients that make these two formulations so special.

When I’m creating a new formula, the part that takes me the longest is finding just the right harmony between the ingredients. I work until it feels like they truly belong together, and it simply couldn’t be any other way.

And that’s how I feel about the combination of Lotus and Baobab in Restorative Radiance Masque. Lotus is a powerful regenerative, full of antioxidants, flavonoids, essential fatty acids and natural AHAs. It serves to spark cellular renewal and its proteins repair skin strength, restoring elasticity, while it also stimulates circulation, enlivening the complexion.

The revered African Baobab tree can live for over 1,000 years, surviving prolonged droughts, and its fruit creates a power moisturizer, brimming with essential fatty acids and super-doses vitamin C. It brings a remarkable luster to depleted or aging skin. These two ingredients work together so well in restoring skin’s natural luminescence.

Meanwhile, creating a detoxifying blend for Purifying Luculent Masque, I brought together Fo-Ti and Great Burdock root. Fo-Ti, in particular, is known for its capacity to extend cellular longevity, and contains an alkaloid that exerts a rejuvenating effect on skin cells. At the same time, Great Burdock is used in traditional holistic medicine to cleanse the blood and to counter impurities, while it also contains a wealth of vital nutrients. Both are renowned detoxifiers used for centuries to rebalance and heal agitated skin, and to treat conditions stemming from exposure to environmental stressors. The energetic combination brings such clarity. 

Once you try the new masques, I think you’ll agree that the powerful effects and divine healing found in each ingredient is amplified by their synergy. These new masques are some of our most opulently rich formulations, and it shows in skin that's supple, alive and utterly radiant. 

[caption id="attachment_889" align="alignnone" width="300"]Great Burdock, one of the power ingredients in Purifying Luculent Masque. Great Burdock, one of the power ingredients in Purifying Luculent Masque.[/caption]

Lotus image: flickr/ Kazue Asano

Earth Day!

April 22nd, 2015

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Each year, Earth Day gives us a wonderful opportunity to honor Mother Earth, this spectacularly beautiful planet we all share. It’s the home which brings us together, no matter where we are or who we are. It’s our breath, and our life. 

Which aspect of nature resonates most for you? Where do you feel the connection best? For me, I love working with the botanical ingredients that create our formulas, and am forever awed by the healing capacities of nature’s medicinal plants. My time with that pure energy allows me to drink in the beauty of this remarkable planet. 

When we each take a moment to feel into what deepens our gratitude, Earth Day becomes powerful, gathering personal connections in a collective way. We can create a ripple effect by consciously acknowledging what we love best, whether a favorite tree, the sound of birdsong, the scent of flowers in bloom, the exhilaration of a rushing stream, the taste of a fresh, delicious salad, a bright, clear sky, or replenishing rain. 

Let’s all do what we can to get out into nature today, enjoying and nurturing this connection, and honoring the healing it brings. When our hearts remember the preciousness of this place, we can’t help but pledge our love to its protection and care. 

Introducing the Masque Collection

April 16th, 2015
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After months of dreaming, blending, planning and perfecting, I could not be more pleased to introduce my two latest formulations—Restorative Radiance Masque and Purifying Luculent Masque. Concentrating a wealth of plants sacred to ancient medicine, these are some of the most opulently rich formulations we offer.

Restorative Radiance Masque, with Lotus and Baobab, sparks cellular regeneration, unveiling a luminous glow. Its bisque pink mineral-rich clay base carries an abundance of highly active floral waters—from Jasmine, Helichrysum and Rose—all super-charged with Pure Living Energy. The results are clear after just 15 minutes in skin that’s supple, toned, and serene.

Purifying Luculent Masque is the ultimate detoxifier, blending potent Fo-Ti and Great Burdock, to increase cellular longevity and to clarify the complexion. The clay base is activated with aloe leaf juice, cleansing deeply and therapeutically—on every level—while supporting renewed strength and a brightened awareness.

Crafted with highly vibrational ingredients—floral waters, mineral-rich clays, and the purest essential oils—these formulations are very close to the Earth, and very grounding. Just opening the jar, Restorative masque’s light scent of Jasmine is simply transporting. Purifying masque, with its bright green scent of Rosemary and Thyme, immediately connects you to the formula’s strength and clarity. 

Not everybody can visit our spa, but these masques are essential to the signature facials we preform here. in creating the Tammy Fender Masque Collection, I wanted to offer everyone a chance to experience the pure revelation and true healing of these lavish, rejuvenating blends.

Just Smile

March 18th, 2015

Smiling—and laughing—are nature’s most healing beautifiers, as I always like to say.

But the notion also goes deeper than the felt sense of enjoying a wide smile. On the neurological level, smiling is a natural mood lifter, one that releases the potent neurotransmitters and endorphins that buoy happiness and strengthen health. When our facial muscles—especially those around the eyes—contract, as happens when we display a lovely wide grin, it signals the brain, and the act of smiling in itself causes the release of molecular messengers that guide us into relax mode. For our cells, that peaceful calm offers rejuvenation and repair. And researchers have learned that the more you smile, the happier and more calm you feel, even when you’re not smiling any longer. On the physiological level, the joyfulness clings and carries.

Beyond combating negative emotions, or relaxing the body, however, drawing the loving feeling of a bright smile—an “inner smile”—down into the body and towards the heart does wonders. Transporting the smile within, and experiencing the warm spread of loving energy, moves chi, the energy of our life force, removing obstacles and energetic blockages. It allows our whole being to absorb the warmth of love, both when the inner-smile is directed at ourselves or at others. It reconnects us with life, letting love in.

Some make a beautiful practice of waking up every morning with a smile. What a simple, pure path to holistic health.



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