Teatime for Your Skin: Three Tea-Centric DIYs with Teapigs

If you were to rummage through the kitchen pantry here at the S.W. Basics HQ, you’d find some staple items: Nut butters of all varieties, several jars of honey, a healthy stockpile of Purely Elizabeth granola, and lots and lots of tea. Yep, we’re huge tea drinkers over here — and not just because we like the taste of it, either. Indeed, medical research keeps confirming that tea varietals of all sorts (from black to green) can promote good health. And, given that a healthy body begets healthy skin, it should come as no surprise that tea has also become a darling ingredient of the beauty industry. While products laced with, say, green tea extract can be effective, we prefer going straight to the source to reap the benefits.

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S.W. Recipe: Elana’s Veggie Sushi

If you know me, you know that I love sushi. I would eat it every single day if it was socially acceptable (is it?) and if I didn’t live with another human that enjoys some culinary variety. With this noted, sushi is always something I order in, which isn’t something I’m totally proud of — it can get expensive and it produces an awful lot of waste (hello, plastic-packaged soy sauces!).

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Brooklynite’s Guide: Maui and Kauai

Yes, you must eat your weight in poké. And, no, you don’t need to attend a laui (they’re often touristy messes). But there’s perhaps no better piece of advice that I can give travelers to Hawaii than this one: Get on island time.

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Certifiably Awesome: Erin Zaikis, Founder, Sundara

Have you ever wondered what happened to that bar of soap you slathered up with during your most recent hotel stay? Yeah, we can’t say that it’s something we’ve thought much about either — that is, until we were introduced to Erin Zaikis, founder of Sundara. Now, we can’t stop thinking about our freakin’ hotel soap. Here’s why.

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Our Tips for Smart Travel

We love June. Aside from being the month where seemingly everyone is in a good mood (hello, summer!), it also marks the kickoff of the unofficial season of travel. Whether it’s a taking a domestic road trip or an overseas haul, we’re huge fans of the adventure, excitement, and magic of travel. What we’re less enthusiastic about: The often-sobering reality of it all.

 

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Let’s Talk About Sunscreen

Ah sunscreen. To be totally honest with you guys, we tend to cringe at all of the undeserving press, attention, and conversations that sun protection receives. Wait, don’t freak out at us. It’s not that we don’t understand and agree that it’s important to take really good care of your skin, and that one of the ways that you do that is by avoiding the dangers of sun damage. We get it. We’re not here to pitch you some radical notion that you don’t need sunscreen or that if you’re healthy that’s good enough. (And when you hear someone else say that, maybe run in the other direction.)

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Wedding Season Wisdom: From the Guest

Being a natural skincare company that obsesses over holistic health, it makes sense we would get all up in wedding season. We have so much advice to share, especially if you’re the bride! But this year, we were all, “what about if you’re a guest at the wedding(s)? That can be stressful too!” I mean, some of us on the S-dubs team are married, but all of us have been guests at lots and lots of weddings. So here we are, not ignoring the fact that you, dear wedding goer, may need advice on how to keep it healthy and skin-cleary too. These are some of our tips for having a great (or at least not terrible?) wedding season.

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