Trying to get pregnant for the first time is a beautiful thing. It’s also a disorienting, emotional, and downright confusing process. You’re embracing learning-as-you-go, gleaning information from wherever you can, and generally hoping you’re doing the “right thing” – because, trust me, you’ll be bombarded with a lot of conflicting information. (Lift your legs up in the air after sex? Give up chocolate? Recite fertilization-affirming mantras post-coitus? Yep, I’ve heard it all…)Read More›
Look on the bright side. Stay positive. Keep your head up. Think good thoughts: We’re all familiar with these mind-numbing clichés, right? And we’ve probably all responded to a “Look on the bright side!” with an angry retort. #eyeroll
Here at the S.W. office (as I’m sure has been happening in your office too lately) we’ve been noticing more and more just how much of our headspace is occupied by this sour election season, continuing national tragedies, and an increasingly cruel national discourse marked by bullying and judgment and prejudice.Read More›
Guest post by Shaney jo Darden, founder The Keep a Breast Foundation
The Keep A Breast Foundation was founded in response to the growing need for breast cancer awareness programs that focus on educating young people. My friends were being diagnosed in their 20s, and I had no prior comprehension of how early in life breast cancer could strike. It flipped a switch in my brain and I realized that it was my purpose to start this conversation with young people about breast cancer prevention. I wanted to do something that spoke to my peers. I use art and artistic expression to inform young people about methods of prevention, early detection and support.Read More›
In many ways, September is sort of the “new year” – summer is over, the kids go back to school, and everyone resumes a more settled routine. This transition can be difficult – particularly if you’ve adopted some unhealthy habits in the summer months and want to get back on track. We need some help!Read More›
DEET – the active element in many insect repellents – is one of those ingredients that we have a “love-hate” relationship with. On one hand, it is consistently proven to be the most effective repellent available against insects like mosquitos and ticks. Furthermore, is the gold standard for protecting against life-altering illnesses like Zika and Malaria. (Yikes.) But studies like this one have shown that prolonged exposure to DEET can cause physiological abnormalities and cell death in rats. What’s more, DEET has also been linked to negative side effects like skin irritations, nausea, rashes, headaches, and dizziness.
I’m perpetually floored at how easy it is to “check out” – how the world we live is built for distraction. It seems that everywhere we turn, there’s an opportunity to get lost in the various fluctuations of our busy minds or get derailed by the onslaught of daily stimulations. In fact, many of us – myself included – have difficulty enjoying the magic of the present moment.Read More›
Recently Rachel, our Director of Sales, arrived in the office with an intriguing-looking pouch labeled “AMLA POWDER.” I, of course, had never heard of this product before. Was it gluten-free cooking flour? A plant fertilizer? Dog food? It was… none of those things.Read More›
In her book Skin Cleanse, our founder Adina Grigore remarks, “I believe that shea butter is the single greatest skin-care ingredient. It changed my life, and it is essentially the reason I started S.W. Basics.” Now, Adina is not one for hyperbole, so you’ve got to wonder: What is it about shea butter that’s so darn awesome?
Given its recent entrance into Western culture, I’m sure you’ve heard about the neti pot. Maybe you have been guided towards it as a sinus-clearing method by a natural-remedy-kind-of-friend; perhaps you’ve read an article about a neti pot’s magical effects. I know that when I was first introduced to it, I was totally mystified: I’m supposed to pour salt water into one nostril and it’ll just come out of the other? Won’t the liquid get lost in my head? Won’t it hurt?Read More›
I’m 30 years old. By all accounts, that’s young – very young, in fact (my mom is 67 and I’m still amazed by how youthful and energetic she seems). But as I dive headfirst into my 30s, I have become increasingly aware of “aging.” Aging: A word that’s been stigmatized by both the media and marketers; a word that instills dread and fear in even the most rational of women. To age is to lose beauty and to lose relevancy. To age (as a woman) is to become ugly. Avoid aging at all costs. Aging sucks.Read More›